Booker to headline South Carolina Democratic fundraiser

Booker to headline South Carolina Democratic fundraiser
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEx-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report CNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D-N.J.) further fueled speculation he has his sights on a 2020 presidential run as he will headline a Democratic fundraiser in South Carolina in October.

He will attend the Orangeburg County Democratic Party’s fundraising gala that will have over a thousand South Carolina Democrats in attendance on Oct. 18, according to the Associated Press.

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"As I've traveled across the country campaigning, I've seen unprecedented enthusiasm for a new generation of Democratic candidates," Booker said in a statement to the AP. "Now, we must turn that energy into action."

South Carolina hosts the South’s first presidential primary and is a key state to start building momentum in a campaign.

South Carolina’s African American community has proven to be a potent political force, propelling Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNational security leaders: Trump's Iran strategy could spark war The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House MORE to primary victories there in 2008 and 2016, respectively. Establishing early connections could pay dividends for Booker should he decide to run in 2020.

The report comes days after it was announced that Booker would also headline the Iowa Democratic Party’s 2018 Fall Gala in October. Iowa is host to the first presidential caucus that sets the tone for the primary process. 

New Hampshire Democrats, constituents in another early presidential primary state and a general election swing state, also praised Booker for his sharp criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which he wielded to set himself apart from other potential 2020 contenders. 

Should Booker run, he’d likely face off against a crowded Democratic field, and he isn’t the only possible 2020 competitor making early visits to key states.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing MORE has so far made trips to Iowa, Florida and South Carolina, among others. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.) has visited Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? MORE (D-Mass.) has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDem senator calls on Kavanaugh to withdraw after second allegation Feinstein calls for hold on Kavanaugh consideration Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh MORE (D-Calif.) has made trips to Florida, Virginia and Ohio.