The first big name of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is out, Kamala Harris is suspending her campaign as of today.
First-term U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California on Tuesday will end her 2020 presidential campaign after failing to garner support in key states despite an early rise in the polls, according to a campaign source.
“I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Harris said in an email to supporters on Tuesday. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”
Harris held a conference call with staff on Tuesday afternoon to inform them of her decision, according to sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Harris, 55, positioned herself as a unifying candidate who could energize the party’s base of young, diverse progressives while also appealing to more moderate voters.
Yet after climbing into double digits in opinion polls following a strong debate performance in June, Harris slid out of the top tier in recent months and lags behind leading candidates’ fundraising hauls.
The senator from California’s departure from the race is the first of a top-tier candidate from the crowded nominating contest.
Harris entered the race as an immediate front-runner but then struggled to maintain support, which critics said was fueled by her inability to articulate policy positions and the backlash of an attempt to attack rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
The papers had already written her political obituary last week, the only person who didn't truly know she was done back in October was Harris herself, I suspect. The shift to Iowa, along with the fact she was running behind Andrew Yang and recently Michael Bloomberg in her home state of California, was a huge warning bell.
Booker is probably next. It's going to come down to Biden, Warren, Buttigieg and Sanders after all and Warren's star is fading fast too. Bloomberg meanwhile is trying to buy his way in and it just might work.
Are we really going to have this come down to a bunch of white guys in 2020 versus the orange one?
Because that's where we're at. No non-white candidates have qualified for next week's debate deadline for the December 19th debate. As of today, six white candidates have. I'm going to give a few buck to Booker and Castro just to keep them going. We need voices.
We needed Kamala's voice too.
Was that ever not going to be the case?