Sen. Kamala Harris Officially Withdraws From 2020 Presidential Race
The California senator announced the end of her 2020 presidential campaign on Tuesday.
Sen. Kamala Harris withdrew her candidacy for the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday via a Twitter and Medium post. Of the cause, Harris said simply it came down to lack of funds.
"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," Harris said in her self-published Medium article.
Recent polls, as current as the week of Thanksgiving, had Harris tied for fifth with 2020 newcomer, billionaire, and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
In addition, Harris had recently canceled a New York fundraiser after a staffer's resignation letter caused turmoil within the campaign, while polling data continued to look bleak. The Real Clear Politics polling average had her in sixth place with just 3.4 percent support in the Democratic primary, behind most of the other big names in the field.
The news came as a surprise to many supporters online. Harris had recently gone for an all-out strategy for the state of Iowa, pledging to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with supporters. As recent as last month, Harris had made a campaign stop for an interview with Blavity, participating in The Sit Down (video below), communicating the goals she hoped to accomplish with her run.
Though Harris is no longer in the running, she says her fight is not over.
"Although I am no longer running for President, I will do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are," Harris said.
Democratic candidates remaining include Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg, as well as Joe Biden.
Watch our video interview with Sen. Harris during her visit to our offices in October.