Kamala Harris, a California senator and Democratic presidential hopeful, today announced her withdrawal from the race with a message that reflects the demands of the marathon run and massive election campaign: “I’m not a multimillionaire.
“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I am not a multimillionaire. I can’t finance my own campaign,” she said, with unusual honesty, in a Twitter message.
“To my followers, it is with great sadness – but also with great gratitude – that I suspend my campaign today. But I want to be frank with you: I will continue to fight every day for what has been the basis of this campaign: Justice for the people. For everybody,” she added.
The news marks the fall of someone considered a top favorite when she launched her candidacy eleven months ago in Oakland, California, taking advantage of the symbolism of celebrating the day of the icon of the nation’s civil rights movement, Martin Luther King.
The senator, daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, was California’s attorney general before winning her seat in the U.S. Congress in 2016.
Harris, 55, generated high expectations as the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination got underway, but lost momentum as the campaign progressed.
“We are at a turning point in our nation’s history. We’re here because the American dream and our democracy are under attack like never before,” Harris said at one of his first campaign rallies in early January, in little-overtone reference to the current U.S. president, Republican Donald Trump, who is running for re-election.
The first real litmus test among the aspirants will take place in early February, when the Democratic primaries formally begin with the Iowa caucuses.
It was in this Midwestern state that Harris spent last week’s traditional Thanksgiving festivities with her family and took the opportunity to discuss his options in the remaining months.
That’s when she decided the campaign was not viable and decided to finally communicate his abandonment.
Despite significant support within the Democratic Party, poll data showed the fragility of Harris’ pre-candidacy, with only 3.4% support nationally and only 3.3% in Iowa, according to the RealClearPolitics poll weighting website.
With this exit, the hard-fought Democratic race is reduced, although there are still heavyweights like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, representatives of the party’s most leftist wing.
For its part, the most centrist sector is led by former Vice President Joe Biden, along with the outgoing mayor of South Bend (Indiana), Pete Buttigieg, which has recently joined the multimillionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.
For now, Biden is leading the polls, followed by Sanders and Warren.
The next debate of the Democratic candidates will take place in Los Angeles on December 19.
The Democratic candidate will be formally appointed at the party’s July convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will face Trump, who will seek re-election in the November 2020 elections.