Kamala Harris Tells Supporters She Is Out Of Funds, Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign

Senator Kamala Harris has ended her presidential campaign.

In a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Harris said her campaign has run out of funds causing her to have to drop from the 2020 presidential election. This confirms earlier reports that the California senator privately told her supporters that she was having to drop from the race via email.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris said in the video.

“I’m not a billionaire,” a clear reference to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, who are funding their own campaigns. “And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”

“To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today,” she said in an accompanying tweet. “But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.”

With just two months until the Iowa primary election, Harris has failed to close the gap on leading candidates. RealClearPolitics reports her 3.3 percent support is more than 20 points behind Iowa front-runner Pete Buttigieg and falls to sixth place behind Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar. Harris regularly polled outside of this same group in nation-wide polls, though sometimes ahead of Klobuchar.

Reuters reports Harris failed to resonate with African-Americans in early voting states and polled poorly in her home state of California. These issues, as well as a verbal beatdown by fellow candidate Tulsi Gabbard during the second debate performance, caused her campaign to lose all momentum. The report adds:

Harris, a first-term senator for California and the state’s former attorney general, was considered a top-tier contender when she launched her quest for the presidency with a rally in Oakland that drew 20,000 people.

Her political advisers, including one of California’s most powerful consulting firms as well as veterans from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, quickly arranged national television appearances, and her questioning of Trump administration appointees in U.S. Senate hearings cemented her image as smart and tough.

Harris posted her strongest showing in the Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll after the first Democratic debate in June, during which she briefly shifted the conversation to race relations with a sharp critique of former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on racial integration in the 1970s.

Harris’ announcement comes the day after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would be endorsing her and would join her campaigning efforts.

“Looking forward to joining @KamalaHarris out on the trail!” Newsom tweeted.

The Hill reports:

Newsom, who endorsed Harris for president in February, will campaign at a series of events Dec. 14-15, her campaign announced Monday.

Newsom is expected to tout Harris’s “record of fighting for justice and her plans as president to fight for economic justice, reproductive justice, and health care justice,” the campaign said.

Newsom will lead a canvass launch for Harris in Des Moines, in addition to other events like hosting an “LGBTQ Rights Conversation.” He also will lead a canvass launch in Cedar Rapids and host a “Climate Action House Party” in Coralville.

President Trump responded to Harris dropping from the election, tweeting: “Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!”

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