Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris is ending her 2020 presidential campaign.
Harris announced her decision in a statement Tuesday, saying that she did not have the funds to continue on. (RELATED: New York Times Obtains Resignation Letter From Kamala Harris Staffer)
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
“I’m not a billionaire,” Harris said. “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.”
Harris added that she would not continue to fight for priorities she supported during the campaign. Harris still has three years remaining in her first Senate term.
“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,” Harris said. “But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight.”
Shortly after reports emerged of her exit, Harris’ husband and daughter posted messages of support on Twitter.
I’ve got you. As always.❤️ pic.twitter.com/5OJDT3cDfw
— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) December 3, 2019
I’m so proud of you. I love you. pic.twitter.com/JSK2YemDyK
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) December 3, 2019
The senator’s decision to drop out comes days after The New York Times obtained a resignation from a former Harris staffer who claimed she had “never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly.”
Harris was initially considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and even became the odds on favorite in June after the first primary debate. However, Harris’ campaign quickly disintegrated in the following months, and by October had laid off most of her campaign staff in the crucial early state of New Hampshire.