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Kamala Harris drops out of 2020 Democratic primary

The California Senator reportedly told campaign staff on a Tuesday call that she will make a formal announcement in an upcoming video.

Kamala Harris dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Tuesday, the Democratic candidate said in a statement.

The California U.S. Senator told campaign staff on a Tuesday call that she will make a formal announcement in an upcoming video.

“To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today,” Harris said in a tweet.

She cited dwindling campaign funds for her reason to drop out.

“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,” Harris wrote. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”

But despite leaving the presidential race, Harris said she would continue to fight for justice for children, women and people of color.

“Our campaign has been about fighting for people whose voices that have not been heard or too often ignored. We will keep up that fight,” Harris said.

California’s junior Senator made a splash when she first joined the race in January, and peaked in the polls after a June debate in which she landed punches on former Vice President Joe Biden.

But following her rise, Harris’ campaign appeared to peter out amid the Senator’s indecision to run a moderate or left-leaning campaign.

The latest Morning Consult poll released Tuesday showed late-race-addition Michael Bloomberg ranking fifth nationally, ahead of Harris. The billionaire former New York Mayor polled 5% while Harris managed only 2%.

And in her statement, the Senator appeared to take a final jab at her billionaire competitors, which also includes New York businessman Tom Steyer.

“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,” Harris said.

Harris will be the third Democratic candidate to drop out of the primary race since the Thanksgiving holiday. On Sunday, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak announced he would drop out, followed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttegieg are currently considered the race’s four frontrunners.

Harris was backed by several members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including South Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings.

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Renzo Downey covers the Florida Legislature for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering the Texas House of Representatives for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at renzo@floridapolitics.com and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.

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