Kamala Harris drops out of Democratic race to run for U.S. presidency

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"I know she will continue to fight fearlessly on behalf of the American people - and our democracy". Harris' own failures to create a clear, persuasive campaign message - she seemed to pivot to a new approach every other week - certainly didn't help!

Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced September 12, 2019, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Harris tweeted about her decision to end her campaign to become president. "I have mixed emotions about it because she is a really solid solid person".

"So here's the truth today".

"I'm not a billionaire", she added. And I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about.

Things have been rough for Team Harris in the past month, with numerous reports of organizational chaos. She now drops out, exactly two months before the Iowa caucuses.

The California senator's ending her bid to gain the Democratic nomination as she struggled to make headway in a crowded Democratic field. But Harris' uneven performance in the campaign, especially her fumbling on healthcare, drove her poll ratings down and she never recovered.

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Still, after the debate, Harris's poll numbers have consistently sunk.

Both Booker and Harris were counting on their biographies and longtime advocacy for racial justice to resonate with black and Latino voters in the crucial early voting states of SC and Nevada, and also in California, the first big state to vote that reflects the national diversity of the party.

For example, the campaign had only reserved less than US$10,000 (A$14,000) for a digital ad that it had touted with much fanfare earlier this week. The group canceled the ad buy Tuesday morning.

The decision to drop out of the race comes after upheaval among staff and disarray among Harris' own allies. As a wise woman I saw on Twitter and forgot her name once said, "Behind every insane woman is a crazy-making man".

From left, Democratic US presidential candidates Sen. Harris' fellow Californian Richard Nixon is perhaps the greatest success story on that front, going from presidential runner-up to gubernatorial loser to leader of the free world during an eight-year span. "That is not true, number one", he said.

A poor finish in her home state would have been an embarrassment that the adviser believed could have longer lasting political consequences. These kinds of "disgruntled campaign staff" pieces are common enough in election season, but one with more than 50 different sources is basically unheard of. But the withdrawal of the only California officeholder in the race puts delegate- and donor-rich California, whose primary is in early March, up for grabs.