California Sen. Kamala Harris reportedly told her campaign staff on Tuesday that she is exiting the race to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential elections.
Harris, who was considered a top-tier candidate at one point in the campaign, saw dwindling polling numbers as well as difficulties with planning her next moves as a candidate.
The former candidate saw an increase in polling numbers following the first Democratic Party debate, which placed her among the group of candidates vying for the second-place spot in the early months of the campaign.
From that time onward, however, her polling — which never exceeded 16 percent of the total Democratic vote, according to RealClearPolitics — shifted considerably downward. A recent Economist/YouGov poll, for example, put her at just 4 percent of the total voting share of Democratic candidates running.
In a Medium posting addressed to her supporters, Harris seemed to acknowledge fundraising was a problem, too. “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign,” Harris wrote. “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.
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 said that she was committed to carrying on in the 2020 presidential race — not as a candidate, but as a supporter of the eventual nominee, who will go on next year to challenge current Republican President Donald Trump in the general election.
“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.
According to the New York Times, 15 Democrats remain in the race for president. On the Republican side of things, two other candidates besides Trump remain in the race, hoping against all odds to win the GOP nomination away from the incumbent.
The Iowa caucuses — the first-in-the-nation nominating contests for the 2020 primary election season — are set to take place 62 days from now.