Sen. Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race amid limitations in campaign funding and organization


Kathy Fang

Sen. Kamala Harris looks out at the crowd gathered in her hometown, Oakland, for the official announcement of her 2020 presidential bid. Harris dropped out of the race this morning after publishing announcements on Twitter and Facebook.

by Eric Fang, Kathy Fang, and Gloria Zhang

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is dropping her bid for the presidency, according to her announcements this morning on Twitter and on Facebook.

Harris, who has served as one of two senators from California since 2016, credited her campaign suspension to limitations in funding, as she elaborated in a blog post on Medium. Recent articles published by The New York Times and The Washington Post earlier this week also cited problems in her campaign staff organization and an unclear campaign message as reasons behind her fall from the top tier of candidates. According to nationwide polls averaged by Real Clear Politics and conducted from Nov. 21 to Dec. 1, Harris placed sixth in the presidential primary race with 3.4% of the Democratic vote.

Harris first announced her bid for the presidency on ABC’s “Good Morning America ” on Jan. 21. Six days after her official announcement, Harris held a launch rally in Oakland where she emphasized her campaign’s commitment to tackling issues such as criminal justice reform, affordable housing, immigration and gender equity.

Harker Aquila called Harris’s senate offices in Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, D.C., but was unable to receive a statement regarding the campaign. Her official campaign website has yet to update the news.

According to Ballotpedia’s official list of registered candidates, among the notable Democratic candidates who are still in the presidential race are Sen. Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, former U.S. secretary of housing Julian Castro, former Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Sen. Bernie Sanders, businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, author Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang. Among the notable Republican candidates are President Donald Trump, businessman Roque De La Fuente, former Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld.