Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes

Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes
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Three Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have missed about half of their Senate votes since the beginning of the year. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' MORE (D-N.J.) has the lowest attendance record for votes in the current Senate, missing more than 52 percent since the start of the 116th Congress in January to the end of September, according to ProPublica numbers first highlighted by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Following Booker, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' MORE (D-Calif.) has missed about 50.5 percent of the votes. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll Warren calls for Brazil to drop charges against Glenn Greenwald MORE (I-Vt.) placed third in terms of vote absences, missing 49.8 percent.


Fellow White House hopefuls and Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report Biden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll MORE (Mass.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetCNN cancels next week's Iowa town halls The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems to present case on abuse of power on trial's third day Senators allow classified evidence from Pence aide for impeachment trial MORE (Colo.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll CNN cancels next week's Iowa town halls MORE (Minn.) all missed more than a quarter of the votes this year, as did former candidate Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (D-N.Y.).

Booker and Harris had led with the lowest voting attendance after the year's first session of Congress from January to March. 

Low voting attendance is typical among presidential candidates as they campaign across the country and prepare for debates and other events. The attendance of all of the presidential candidates in the Senate has steadily decreased throughout the year.

The GOP-led Senate has prioritized confirming the president's judicial and Cabinet nominees, which Democratic senators have little hope of hindering from their position the minority.

Republican Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Lawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones MORE (Fla.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Video becomes vital part of Democrats' case against Trump Nadler plays 1999 clip of Graham defining high crimes: 'It doesn't even have to be a crime' MORE (S.C.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocrats sharpen case on second day of arguments What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters MORE (Texas) missed the most votes in 2016 when they were campaigning for the presidency. Rubio had the lowest attendance, missing 35 percent of votes in 2015.

The Hill reached out to the Booker, Harris and Sanders campaigns for comment.