Democrat Cory Booker drops out of 2020 U.S. presidential race

FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker speaks during the Teamsters Vote 2020 Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Cory Booker, an African-American candidate who had recently bemoaned the increasing lack of diversity in the Democratic presidential field, on Monday said he was ending his White House campaign.

Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, had been talked about as a potential presidential contender for two decades, ever since his underdog campaign for the mayor’s office in Newark, New Jersey, was chronicled in an Academy Award-nominated documentary.

His departure from the race leaves only a few candidates of color among the dozen Democrats still vying to take on U.S. President Donald Trump in November, in what had once been the most historically diverse set of candidates in U.S history.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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