After several weeks of uncertainty about her prospects and reports of turmoil in her campaign, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Tuesday reportedly informed members of her campaign staff that she is ending her bid to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020.
Harris, a former district attorney from San Francisco, was elected to the Senate in 2016 to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer. She was only the third female U.S. senator from the state and the irst of Jamaican and Indian ancestry.
.@KamalaHarris email to supporters:— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) December 3, 2019
"My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue."
Earlier Tuesday, the campaign announced that it was canceling a high-profile fundraiser in New York City scheduled for this evening. The campaign said only that it was for “personal matters” and gave no indication of when it would be rescheduled.
The decision to suspect her campaign comes after media reports last week that her effort was in disarray. Both The Washington Post and The New York Times published stories about infighting in the Harris camp last week.
With Harris dropping out, all 6 of the remaining candidates who have qualified for this month's debate are white. (Biden, Bernie, Warren, Steyer, Buttigieg, Klobuchar).— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 3, 2019
Only six months ago, Harris was considered to be one of the front-runners in the Democratic race to challenge President Donald Trump. Recently, however, her poll numbers have slipped downward and her fundraising efforts have faltered.