WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have each missed more than one-fifth of the Senate’s votes so far this year as they campaign for president, according to an Associated Press analysis of congressional data.
Missing 16 votes of the 77 that the Republican-controlled Senate has held in 2019, Harris and Booker far outpace other senators also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders has missed seven votes so far this year, while Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar have each missed three and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has missed one vote, AP found.
Seeking the presidency as a sitting member of Congress requires a logistical juggling act that often results in candidates missing votes as the pace of the campaign season picks up.
Booker has spent most of this week in Iowa and now is campaigning in Georgia. You can keep up with what he’s doing on The Booker Beat, a multimedia portal focused on the senator’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.