Secretly, deep down inside, there is a real fear within Democratic voters that this exorbitantly large field of candidates is going to dilute the campaign of the eventual nominee, and doom them to four more years of Donald Trump.
That’s due, in no small part, to the continued campaigning of folks like Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang, whose polling numbers have been in the proverbial basement for months on end.
In fact, there really only four candidates with any shot at the nomination whatsoever at this stage: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Liz Warren and Bernie Sanders , and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Even worse, there have been two new entries to the race in November alone, with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick both throwing their hats into the ring to subdued success.
But not everyone is as oblivious as these two, however, and the team behind Cory Booker appears to have seen the writing on the wall.
A super PAC formed to support Cory Booker’s Democratic presidential campaign is shutting down.
The group’s founder, San Francisco lawyer Steve Phillips, indicated in a news release Wednesday that Dream United had struggled to raise money. Booker, a New Jersey senator, has publicly disavowed support from super PACs, which aren’t required to disclose their donors publicly.
Phillips, a former college classmate of Booker’s, said that it became clear while trying to fundraise for Dream United “that the donor community is strictly adhering to Senator Booker’s publicly articulated wishes that he does not welcome independent support.” The group raised a little over $1.1 million during the first six months of the year, far short of Phillips’ stated $10 million goal.
Booker, while remaining optimistic during recent television interviews, has been unable to make any waves in the crowed pool of politicos, and has remained well below double digits in polling nearly from the start of the race.
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