Tulsi Gabbard ends presidential campaign

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced that she is ending her presidential bid after disappointing showings in several of the most recent primaries.

While polling third among fellow candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, she has fallen further and further behind in the delegate count. The discrepancy even caused her to miss the Democratic primary debate in Washington, D.C., which was moved from its initially scheduled location in Arizona.

ABC News reports Gabbard announced her decision in a letter to her supporters.

“After Tuesday’s primary results, it is clear that Democratic Primary voters have chosen Vice President Joe Biden to be the person who will take on President Trump in the general election,” she wrote.

“I know Vice President Biden and his wife and am grateful to have called his son Beau, who also served in the National Guard, a friend. Although I may not agree with the [former] Vice President on every issue, I know that he has a good heart and is motivated by his love for our country and the American people. I’m confident that he will lead our country guided by the spirit of aloha — respect and compassion — and thus help heal the divisiveness that has been tearing our country apart.”

The congresswoman also encouraged those around the country and around the world as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“Our nation is facing an unprecedented global crisis that highlights the inextricable bonds of humanity, and how foreign policy and domestic policy are inseparable. We are all in this together and we must all rise to meet this moment — in service to our country and our fellow man,” she said.

ABC News adds:

The Hawaii congresswoman announced her bid in January 2019. By the time of her departure from the race, the once diverse field of candidates dwindled leaving Gabbard the last person of color, veteran and millennial seeking a bid for the White House.

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When asked by ABC News in March why she continued her bid as others dropped out of the race, Gabbard said her campaign was “an opportunity to speak to Americans every single day about the sea change we need in our foreign policy.”

Gabbard leaned on her youth and military service and the Iraq war veteran called to bring about an end to endless regime change wars and ran on a message calling for money spent overseas to be returned back home.