If you've been waiting with bated breath to see if Marianne Williamson would qualify for Tuesday's Democratic debate in Iowa, you can exhale—she definitely won't be there, even though the qualification deadline isn't until later Friday. That's because the 67-year-old self-help author and spiritual adviser is consciously uncoupling from the 2020 presidential race and dropping out, the New York Times reports. "I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible effort to share our message," Williamson wrote in a message posted Friday to her website. "With caucuses and primaries now about to begin, however, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now."
Williamson added that, with the race being as tight as it is among Democrats, "I don't want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning" any primary or caucus. The Times notes that Williamson hadn't met qualifications for a debate since July, and that her poll numbers weren't even breaking 1%. Signs that her campaign may have been coming to a close came last week, when it was announced she'd laid off her entire 2020 campaign staff. Still, even though she's no longer a contender for the Oval Office, the candidate described by the Times as running on "an eclectic mix of progressive policies and lofty pronouncements" seems optimistic for the race overall. "A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes....love will prevail," she wrote. (Read more Marianne Williamson stories.)