TEXAS — On Monday, Jan. 13, Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, announced he is dropping out of the presidential race. His campaign, which could not fundraise the monies necessary to continue in the race, is a huge loss for progressives who celebrated an unprecedented Democratic presidential primary roster that also previously included candidates of color like Sen. Kamala Harris and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.
With Booker’s campaign suspension, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is the only black candidate remaining in the 12-candidate race.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, interim executive director of Jolt Action, a Texas Latino voter organization:
“Cory Booker’s campaign suspension is a huge loss for the progressive community that fights daily for representation at the White House that reflects the values and priorities of our growing and transforming demographics,” Arellano said. “Known for his innovative and spirited ideas, including gun control and criminal justice reform, Booker has inspired a new generation of Americans to fight for the principles that make ours a model nation without sacrificing our dignity and grace.
“The lack of investment in candidates of color does our country a great disservice. We must create a society that celebrates and funds progressive change,” Arellano said. “This is the only way to change the politics that seek to limit our collective futures. At Jolt, we’ll keep fighting for a better and fairer United States of America – with young Latinos at the forefront.”
Interim Executive Director Antonio Arellano is available for comment. Please submit media requests to Christine Bolaños at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jolt Action is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building political power and growing the influence of young Latinos. Visit jolttx.org for more information.