On Monday morning, Cory Booker – partner to Rosario Dawson and the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey – ended his campaign for president of the United States. With that news (surprising only because many thought he was out of the race months ago), came the reality that Dawson will not be first lady.
Booker ran on a rather vague platform of unity, but he failed to make an impact as other candidates – such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg – received more press attention. Meanwhile, he and Dawson remain strong. The duo confirmed their relationship in March. As we know, Booker won over the actress of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent with dad jokes. The public coupling came a little more than a month after he announced his campaign at the beginning of 2019.
Citing Booker and his campaign team as a source of inspiration, Dawson responded to the Senator’s campaign suspension with a kind message that closed with a classic, “Thank you. I see you. I love you.”
It seems the actress knew this was coming. On Sunday, the former comic book creator re-upped a 2017 debate-inciting conversation within the Star Wars community. Her next dream role? Ahoska in Star Wars: The Mandalorian. Unlike her partner, she has a clear vision – for better or worse.
“This campaign was never about just beating someone else,” he wrote on Twitter. “It was about bringing people together & using our common pain to reignite our common purpose.” It turns out those who watched the Senator’s reach for Democratic candidate unfold and crumble believe the objective of his campaign was something else entirely – and he failed that mission as well.
12 candidates are now in the running. Six of them will take the stage for the first Democratic debate of the year this Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET. Booker’s exit follows Julian Castro’s, and leaves an all but diverse set of nominees to take on Trump later this year.