TRAGIC! Kamala Harris falls out of Presidential race
After months of failing to lift her candidacy from the bottom of the field, Kamala Harris is ending her presidential campaign— a premature departure for a California senator once announced as a top-tier candidate for the nomination.
Harris told aides of her intentions in an all-staff call on Tuesday, and a person familiar with the conversation said she sounded distraught. While Harris had qualified for the December debate in her home state later this month, she was running dangerously low on cash — lacking the resources to air TV ads in Iowa — and her staff was gripped by long-running internal turmoil.
Still, some of her biggest supporters were shocked by her action as she shared the news internally, more than $1 million in television ads in Iowa had been funded by a super PAC to support her fight effort. The ad, which argued she was the best-equipped candidate to take on President Donald Trump, was canceled.
“Eleven months ago at the launch of our campaign in Oakland I told you all: ‘I am not perfect.’ But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. I will speak the truth. And that’s what I have tried to do every day of this campaign. So here’s the truth today,” Harris wrote in a note to supporters.
“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 made the decision Monday after discussions with her family and senior aides.
To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.Advertisement
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.https://t.co/92Hk7DHHbR
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
Harris will travel to the early states this week to thank staff and supporters for their dedication to the campaign.
Her candidacy got one of its first major breaks in the first Democratic debate in June, when Harris pulled off a blistering ambush of former Vice President Joe Biden over his previous stance on busing, which prompted another review of his record on race issues. Harris’ performance sent her soaring in the polls, and the campaign raised $2 million in the 24 hours following the debate.
But the attack ultimately blew back on Harris when her own stance on busing came under scrutiny in the days after. Her sharp rise in the polls did not last long, with Harris skidding into fifth place and registering in the single digits by September. When she dropped out Tuesday, her RealClearPolitics national polling average was hovering just above 3 percent.
Harris further struggled with the question of electability — concerns that have also gripped other competitors in the historically diverse field — as she addressed voters afraid the country might not be ready for a female president of color. From the earliest days of the campaign, Harris was subject to conspiracy theories that ricocheted around social media, even giving way to a reprisal of the same birtherism smears that plagued former President Barack Obama.
Aides and supporters, meanwhile, have argued Harris has been treated more unfairly, especially in the media, than her fellow competitors, some of whom echoed that message themselves upon hearing the news she’d dropped out.
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