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A Big Name Exits the 2020 Race

Kamala Harris is out
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2019 12:19 PM CST
Updated Dec 3, 2019 12:35 PM CST
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In this Nov. 20, 2019, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Newser) – On Monday, Democratic 2020 contenders Steve Bullock and Joe Sestak bowed out of the race. On Tuesday, a much bigger name did the same. Kamala Harris has ended her bid for the presidency, in what the New York Times calls a "dramatic comedown" for a candidate who showed "significant promise" out of the gate. In a fairly lengthy statement posted to Medium, Harris framed it as "one of the hardest decisions of my life," and one made "with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude." It came down to money, she wrote. "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. In good faith, I can’t tell you ... that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do."

Indeed, the Times notes that in Q3 Harris' campaign spent $1.41 for every dollar raised. She continued, "But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight. And I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for The People. All the people. ... And I want to be clear: although I am no longer running for President, I will do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are." (Read more Kamala Harris stories.)

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