Sen. Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 Race

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
December 3, 2019Politics
Sen. Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 Race
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a Black Women's Power Breakfast co-hosted by Higher Heights and The Collective PAC at the Westin, in Atlanta on Nov. 21, 2019. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is withdrawing from the Democratic presidential race, she announced on Dec. 3.

Harris, 55, said in a note that her campaign lacks the money to continue.

“Here’s the truth today. 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. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she wrote, before criticizing former rivals Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.

“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. In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do. So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.”

Bloomberg, 77, announced his candidacy about a week ago and has announced plans to pour around $150 million into the race so far. Steyer, 62, has been running since the summer and has spent tens of millions during his campaign.

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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg addresses a news conference after launching his presidential bid in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 25, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Nov. 30, 2019. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Harris said in her statement that she was grateful to staffers who helped her around the country, as well as her husband, Doug.

“I want to be clear: 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. I know you will too. So let’s do that together. Let’s keep fighting for the America we believe in, an America free of injustice. An America that we know we can be unburdened by what has been,” she said.

Harris struggled for months in the 2020 race, seeing strong early poll numbers drop after a clash with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) during a debate in July.

Reacting to the news, former Vice President Joe Biden—the Democratic frontrunner—praised Harris as he toured Iowa.

“She is a first-rate intellect, first-rate candidate, and a real competitor,” he said. “I have mixed emotions about it because she is a solid person and loaded with talent.”

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