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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is no longer running for president.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the former candidate cited a lack of funding as the reason for the decision.
“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris said in a statement to her supporters. “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.”
To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.
But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.https://t.co/92Hk7DHHbR
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
However, while her presidential campaign may be over, Harris also stated that she’s “still very much in this fight,” noting a list of policy issues — including gun control and expanding abortion access — that she plans to continue advocating for.
“And I want to be clear,” she added, “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.”
Harris’ campaign had already appeared to be struggling for a few weeks before the decision, as evidenced most visibly by the late-October decision to slash campaign staff and move others to Iowa. In addition to financial woes, the campaign had also run into disorganization problems in recent days.
When confronted with the news of Harris’ withdrawal, 2020 Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters that he had “mixed emotions about it because she is really a solid, solid person.”
2020 candidate and fellow Democratic Senator Cory Booker, N.J., followed the announcement by tweeting that Harris was a “trailblazer” and that he’s “loved serving with her in the Senate and every moment we’ve run into one another on the trail.”