U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris ended her 2020 presidential campaign Tuesday.
Harris first informed her staff of her decision, then issued a statement to supporters.
“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris said. “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.
“It is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today.”
Harris’ withdrawal comes after she canceled a high-profile New York fundraiser, according to CNBC. Edward-Isaac Dovere, staff writer for The Atlantic, also broke the news:
Harris was one of 10 White House hopefuls, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who participated in Atlanta’s Democratic presidential debate in November at Tyler Perry Studios.
After the debate, Harris picked up the endorsements of several metro Atlanta lawmakers.
Biden called Harris “a first-rate intellect,” “a first-rate candidate” and “a real competitor” when he was told that Harris had dropped out.
Another Democrat running for president, Julian Castro, issued this statement on Twitter:
Other Democratic White House hopefuls congratulated Harris on her candidacy:
Harris is the second Democrat this week to end their White House aspirations. On Monday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock dropped out of the race.
Former U.S. Sen. and first lady Hillary Clinton congratulated the candidates on their efforts:
Harris ended her campaign as her polling numbers continued to fall during the last several months. In early November, Harris moved staff from several early voting states to Iowa in hopes of making a strong showing in the leadoff caucus state.
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