Update: Harris has made it official.
In a tweet sent just minutes ago, Harris apologized to her supporters and said it’s with “deep regret” but also “deep gratitude” that she would be suspending her campaign.
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
It seems like just yesterday that ‘data guru’ Nate Silver was declaring Harris the frontrunner, seemingly apropos of nothing.
“She’s probably the frontrunner at this point, folks.” — Nate Silver on Kamala Harris, January 29, 2019
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 18, 2019
Did somebody tip off the Babylon Bee? (not that Harris’s demise was difficult to foresee).
Anyway, Harris sent the following in an email thanking supporters (according to Axios).
“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. 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.”
She blamed her decision to drop out on a lack of financial resources.
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Following reports that her campaign had cancelled several fundraisers as the California Senator wrestled with whether to pack it in, a Politico reporter tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Kamala Harris is in the process of informing senior staff that she has decided to end her campaign, and that an official announcement is expected later in the day.
NEWS – Kamala Harris is dropping out of the presidential election today, I’m told reliably. She’s informing staff now.
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) December 3, 2019
Harris joins Beto O’Rourke as an establishment favorite who is packing it in early after failing to find traction with voters.
The rumors prompted a flurry of humorous reactions on social media.
Kamala Harris saying goodbye to her campaign and returning to locking teens up like pic.twitter.com/eqjrTnYYN8
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏻🎁 (@CalebJHull) December 3, 2019
One reporter noted that, by dropping out, Harris will ensure that the debate stage for the December debate will consist of only white candidates as Corey Booker and Tulsi Gabbard, and Andrew Yang all failed to qualify.
Though she has yet to confirm, members of her staff have already started to tweet about the campaign’s demise.
Senator Harris staff is starting to tweet https://t.co/DsAwu8Di6W
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 3, 2019
Notably, Harris’s electoral victory odds have plummeted since she clashed with Gabbard during one of the summer debatets.
Now, Harris is just one more establishment favorite that Gabbard has outlasted
*Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race*
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) December 3, 2019
Clearly unwilling to accept the fact that her background as a prosecutor made her unpalatable to a generation of young Americans suspicious of authority, Harris has recently questioned whether her failure to gain traction was the result of America being unprepared to elect a woman of color.