Kamala Harris today became the first major contender to drop out of the 2020 Presidential race.
Harris who began her campaign on a high after a strong performance in a debate in June, her poll numbers have steadily fallen.
She struggled to find a niche in the campaign. She’s right of progressives Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, but left of moderate Joe Biden.
In an email to her supporters obtained by The Guardian, Harris wrote:
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.
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.
Harris’s campaign also struggled to gain traction in both the Black and Asian American communities despite her Jamaican and Indian American heritage. Blacks overwhelmingly support Joe Biden and Asian Americans have failed to gain enthusiasm for her in part because of the perception she has not embraced that side of her background. Recently she released a video with Mindy Kaling showing the two of them cooking up some masala dosas. The video went viral, but may have come too late in her campaign.
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