By Danielle Haynes
Dec. 3 (UPI) — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris withdrew from the 2020 race on Tuesday, citing a lack of campaign funds.
“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,” she said in a Medium post. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”
Harris hasn’t been able to raise money at the same level as some of the party’s other candidates, bringing in $11.8 million in the third quarter — less than half of that raised by Tom Steyer ($49.6 million) and Sens. Bernie Sanders ($28 million) and Elizabeth Warren ($24.7 million).
“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,” she said.
The California Democrat ended her bid 10 months after joining the crowded field. Early in her campaign, Harris polled in the Top 2 or 3 of Democrats, but in recent months had fallen to fifth or sixth, according to RealClear Politics’ average of polls.
Harris announced her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.
“The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values,” she said in her announcement video. “That’s why I’m running for president of the United States. I’m running to lift those voices; to bring our voices together.”
Harris said she plans to “keep fighting every day” for adequate teacher pay, ending gun violence and women’s health.
“Our campaign has been about fighting for people whose voices that have not been heard or too often ignored,” she said.
The one-term senator is up for re-election in the Senate in 2022.