Election 2020

[UPDATED] Kamala Harris Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

Kicking off her book tour, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks at George Washington University on Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

The Atlantic‘s Edward-Isaac Dovere reports that reliable sources are telling him that Kamala Harris will be ending her campaign on Tuesday.

CNBC reported earlier that Kamala Harris, “canceled a high-profile New York fundraiser as she drops in the polls and amid reports that her 2020 presidential campaign is in disarray.” Some of Harris’s top bundlers were expected to attend.

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Harris has suspended her campaign.

Kamala Harris, the California freshman senator, suspended her presidential run Tuesday according to two sources close to the campaign, marking a lackluster end to an initially soaring presidential bid premised on her personal biography and prosecutorial acumen. Ultimately, her run foundered with a muddled purpose, campaign in-fighting and an inability to sustain support from vital Democratic voting blocs, particulary [sic] African Americans.

Harris, 55, was seen as a rising star, representing the more youthful and diverse voters that have become the base of the Democratic party. Her high-profile interrogations of Trump administration officials in Senate hearings rocketed her to national acclaim and her dazzling campaign launch established her in the top-tier of a crowded Democratic field.

UPDATE: At 1:23 PM ET, Kamala Harris announced the end of her campaign. “To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today,” she tweeted. “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.”

“I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.” Harris explained. “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.”

For what it’s worth, none of the top candidates for the Democratic nomination are billionaires, but I digress. For Kamala Harris this was a money problem. She wasn’t bringing in enough money to sustain her campaign. Even though she qualified for the December debate, the writing has been on the wall for some time now.  “In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do.”

This story is developing.