A junior senator is postponing his ambitions to become the next U.S. president at the upcoming general election on Nov. 3.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) confirmed he has made the difficult decision to suspend his election campaign for the Oval Office.
“It is with a full heart that I share this news–I am suspending my campaign for president,” he said on Twitter.
The senator did not regret quitting the presidential race, believed it was the right time to step down, and even felt happy with what he accomplished in such a short time.
“I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together,” he said. “To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot—thank you.”
Booker now plans to devote his free time to supporting the Democratic Party’s final nominee for president, which is still being decided.
“I cannot wait to get back on the campaign trail and campaign as hard as I can for whoever is the eventual nominee and for candidates up and down the ballot,” Booker said in a video he shared. “I am suspending my campaign with the same spirit with which it began.”
He also suggested he would devote his life to spirituality while claiming the nation was hurting from a “common pain” and “common problems.”
“Our common pain can only be solved with a common purpose and sense of common cause, so now I recommit myself to the work,” Booker said. “Campaigning over this last year has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Meeting you, meeting people across the country who believe–you know–that we may have challenges right now in our nation but together we will rise.”
The announcement came just a week after fellow Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro revealed he had no regrets about not standing for election against the incumbent president according to The BL.
“I suspended my campaign for president,” Castro said on Twitter. “I could not be more proud of the race we ran. I am sitting down with [MSNBC Host] Rachel Maddow now to discuss what we achieved together, and the road ahead to build an America where everyone counts.”
The candidate was happy to leave on a high note and believed this was the right time to withdraw from the election, especially after the Republican Party gave overwhelming support for Trump in the House and Senate plus donations to the party totaled a record $20 million in November.