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Booker fundraising on Castro's departure from 2020 race

Booker fundraising on Castro's departure from 2020 race

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Almost 20 advocacy groups team up to pressure Congress to pass health care bill for immigrants Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (N.J.), a 2020 Democratic White House hopeful, is fundraising off former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro’s departure from the presidential race.

The Booker campaign sent a fundraising email on Thursday expressing grief over Castro suspending his campaign earlier in the day, saying the Democratic stage was losing “yet another person of color.”  

“Here’s the reality: It seems like billionaires with bottomless checkbooks have a clearer path to the nomination then talented, experienced, qualified candidates like Julián Castro,” the email obtained by The Associated Press read. “Julián’s early exit is a loss for our party and this nominating process.” 

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The email says the loss of the only Latino candidate in the race signifies why “we need Cory’s voice now more than ever” and asks for donations.

Booker is one of the only people of color left in the race, along with former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Biden faces pressure to take action on racial justice issues Biden selects Susan Rice to lead Domestic Policy Council, McDonough for Veterans Affairs MORE and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' HuffPost's Daniel Marans discusses fallout from Yang's comments on Israel Yang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct MORE.  Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE (D-Calif.) left the race last year. 

The New Jersey senator is currently ranked eighth in national presidential polls, according to RealClearPolitics.