Once considered as the possible frontrunner of 2020 Democratic primary race, California Sen. Kamala Harris suspended her presidential campaign on Tuesday. Harris announced her exit in a video on Twitter, citing lack of financial resources as the reason behind suspending her campaign.
The California Senator had begun her campaign with an impressive rally in Oakland and drew nearly 22,000 people, with President Trump himself applauding and calling her rally as the “best opening so far”.
Her campaign saw a growth of supporters post her appearance in the first Democratic debate. However, she failed to maintain the pace leading to a drop in the number of her donors and supporters.
Perhaps this was the reason she never broke the ranks amongst the top 2020 Democratic primary hopefuls like former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, or South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Harris’ withdrawal from the 2020 presidential primary race came as a shock to many as she had already qualified for the sixth Democratic debate, scheduled on December 19 in Los Angeles.
As the news of her exit from the 2020 race spread like wildfire, many including Warren, Biden, Buttigieg, and Sen. Tulsi Gabbard despite her rife with Harris, came forward and appreciated her journey as the presidential hopeful.
On the other hand, some of her supporters claimed that racism and sexism are now dominating the presidential primary race. The supporters also mentioned the dramatic shift of the 2020 Democratic primary race from being diverse in January this year, to possibly comprise of only whites by December.
Furthermore, with Harris’ exit, the need for someone to stand up, address these factors, and not let these become a determining factor for other candidates has become critical than ever.
Amidst concerning factors like racism and sexism, other reasons that led to Harris’ exit from presidential race were internal squabbling in the campaign, lack of fundings and supporters, and wavering stance on policies like Medicare for All. All this while, she struggled to create an image of either a moderate or a progressive candidate.
Moreover, a miscalculated step from her campaign aides that focused on strengthening her candidature in states like South Carolina and California instead of Iowa and New Hampshire became a major factor for her exit from the 2020 Democratic primary race.
Speaking on Kamala Harris’ exit, a Democratic strategist and the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, said, “I was very surprised by it. It was rather shocking when I got a text from someone — I thought, ‘that can’t be.’”
As of now, Harris has not endorsed any Democratic hopeful, but whosoever she will support might gain the benefit of her supporters too.
Californian Sen.’s exit from the presidential primary race leaves an important question behind – will gender and racial biasness affect other campaigns too in the future of American elections?