In this Oct. 6, 2018 photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Fall Gala, in Des Moines, Iowa. Booker is telling students on a historically black campus in the early presidential voting state of South Carolina that apathetic voters rather than Republicans are to blame for the nation’s problems. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

October 19, 2018 - 1:49 am

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker is getting a warm welcome as he makes a two-day swing through South Carolina. He had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue Thursday in his visit as a potential presidential contender.

The New Jersey senator's two-day swing to the South's first primary state is ostensibly about the upcoming midterm elections. But Booker's visit — like California Sen. Kamala Harris's trip to follow on Friday — is heavy with the overtones of a looming Democratic free-for-all as the party looks for a leader to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

Booker says he won't decide his next move until after the Nov. 6 midterms.