Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

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California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Harris notified her staff Tuesday morning and made an announcement in a Medium post that she shared on Twitter.

“To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today,” she tweeted. “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.”

“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,” Harris wrote on Medium.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I’m not a billionaire,” she added. “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.”

Despite a strong start, the Democratic contender saw her poll numbers slump in recent months.

The campaign also suffered a devastating blow last week when operations guru Kelly Mehlenbacher resigned over frustrations and took a job with Michael Bloomberg, who just entered the race.

Harris officially announced her campaign on Jan. 21, 2019, as she marked the MLK holiday.

“Today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I’m honored to be able to make my announcement on the day we commemorate him,” she said.

“I love my country,” she added. “This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

After making the announcement on television and on social media, she returned to her hometown of Oakland for a big kickoff rally.

Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Her mother immigrated to the United States from India and became a physician. Her Jamaican father was an economics professor at Stanford University.

Before becoming a senator, Harris served as district attorney of San Francisco, and in 2010 became the first woman elected as California’s attorney general, as well as the first African-American and the first Indian-American to hold the office.