Democratic Field Narrows As Kamala Harris Drops Out Of 2020 Race


Kamala Harris was one of seven presidential contenders who qualified for the December Democratic debates, but she has decided to pull the plug on her campaign — possibly due to the fact that she’s always been underwater financially, spending $1.41 for every dollar earned. Axios:

The big picture: Harris spent the early parts of her campaign as a top-tier contender for the Democratic nomination, but struggled in the polls as Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg emerged as frontrunners. She landed a few standout moments — most notably in the first debate, when she faced off with Biden over his opposition of federally mandated busing in the 1970s.

  • But while Harris’ poll numbers saw a spike after the first debate, the moment failed to significantly alter the course of her campaign.
  • The senator laid off the majority of her New Hampshire staff in early November, hoping to go all-in on Iowa with limited cash on hand.
  • Last week, more than 50 current and former staffers spoke to the New York Times about dysfunction within the campaign. Many of them spoke on the record.

Between the lines: Harris publicly questioned whether her failure to gain traction was the result of America being unprepared to elect a woman of color. In an interview on “Axios on HBO,” she called the issue the “the elephant in the room about [her] campaign,” adding:

  • “When there is not a reference point for who can do what, there is a lack of ability or a difficulty in imagining that someone who we have never seen can do a job that has been done, you know, forty-five times by someone who is not that person.”

I expect Booker and Klobuchar to go next. The Iowa primary is going to loom very large after January 1.

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I’m sorry to see her go. Don’t want to see any of them go. We’ve had an awesome selection of candidates though and they are going to have to go until we end up with a consensus choice. There’s at least 4 Candidates left that I like so there’s a long way to go. Thanks Kamala. See you in the Senate for the impeachment trial.