Kamala Harris poised to withdraw from 2020 presidential race

Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif. pauses as she speaks at a town hall event at the Culinary Workers Union Friday Nov. 8 2019 in Las Vegas

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"She was an important voice in the race, out before others who raised less and were less electable". I am grateful for her leadership and the courage she brings to the Senate and the national debate.

Worse, as her poll numbers fell back to Earth, Harris's staff began complaining that they didn't understand her strategy for victory.

Harris noted that she was not able to self-fund her campaign like some of her billionaire competitors, but she does have more money than some of her competitors.

"I'm not a billionaire". And I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. "And as the campaign has gone on, it's become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete", Sen.

But allies and critics alike viewed Harris's message as inconsistent. She struggled with questions about her record as a prosecutor and her health-care plan (which was perfectly reasonable but didn't slot neatly into the public option vs. Medicare-for-all conflict to which the debate is often reduced).

Through the summer, she focused on pocketbook issues and her "3am agenda", a vow to focus on the issues that wake Americans up in the middle of the night.

She stumbled out of the gate, however, by flip-flopping on health care-apparently unable to decide whether or not she supported Medicare for All, and whether or not she would eliminate private insurance as president altogether.

Harris quickly received accolades from other candidates on Twitter after her premature exit from the race. After that, she was reduced to getting kneecapped by Tulsi Gabbard on criminal justice-a brutal moment she never saw coming-and laughing somewhat helplessly while Biden forgot that she was a senator.

"Her campaign broke barriers and did it with joy. That is not true, number one", he said.

Antjuan Seawright, an African-American Democratic strategist in SC, praised Harris for "highlighting the tremendous role that African-American women play when they are on the stage and not in the seats". Several praised her on Tuesday.

He could envision several remaining candidates, including Warren; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; or even Biden choosing her as their vice presidential nominee.

Booker and Castro, however, do not lead in terms of total donations from women - that title belongs to Independent Vermont Sen. Still, Harris persevered through the Atlanta debates and continued to court Iowa voters, as well as Black women voters across SC.

Julian Castro, another Democratic presidential wannabe who has failed to move the needle, waded into the debate on Tuesday afternoon, sharing a tweet criticizing the party's whiteness and caucus process.

One of her first stops as a candidate was to Howard University, the historically black college that she attended as an undergraduate.

Harris and her aides believe she faced an uphill battle - and unfair expectations for perfection - from the start as a woman of color. She called on all Americans to "speak truth about what's happening" in the Trump era. For Harris, it provides a safe harbor to find the political identity that eluded her this year.

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