Gillibrand ends bid for 2020 Democratic nomination
Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Wednesday she was ending her bid for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination after her campaign focused on women’s equality failed to gain traction, despite the activism spurred by the #MeToo movement.
The decision came after the New York senator failed to qualify for the third Democratic presidential debate.
“I know this isn’t the result that we wanted. We wanted to win this race. But it’s important to know when it’s not your time,” Ms Gillibrand said in a video message posted to Twitter.
Ms Gillibrand, who has represented New York in the US Senate since 2009, is one of the more prominent candidates to exit a crowded Democratic field that began with more than two dozen entrants.
She was one of six sitting senators in the race, but struggled to gain support. In a Quinnipiac poll published Wednesday, she received the backing of less than 1 per cent of those questioned.
Her departure is the latest sign the field is beginning to thin out; former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and US congressman Seth Moulton have also exited the race in recent weeks.