Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was once a top-tier Democratic primary candidate, is dropping out and ending her campaign.
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.
I’m not a billionaire. 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.
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.
So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today.
The phrase most used to describe Sen. Harris’s campaign was uneven. She capable of top of the field highs, but she was not able to sustain momentum. The writing was on the wall once she started to slide down the polls and never was able to recover.
Sen. Harris couldn’t gain traction among African-American voters, and lost support with moderates as she first endorsed Medicare For All then struggled to find a lane on healthcare that unique from both the progressive and moderate wings.
Harris shines in setting like Senate hearings where she has a chance to show off her prosecutorial skills, which are immense, but she struggled to find a message that resonated and helped her sustain a constituency in the primary.
Kamala Harris could never really answer the why question effectively, and with the deadline to appear on the California primary ballot days away, she is ending her bid for the presidency before she suffers the potential embarrassment of losing the primary in her home state.
Sen. Harris could be a great attorney general in the next Democratic administration. Her political future is still bright despite the struggles of her 2020 presidential bid.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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