Once considered a 2020 frontrunner at the beginning of this year, Sen. Kamala Harris’ sudden exit from the 2020 Democratic presidential field shocked many of her fellow Democrats.
Harris announced her departure from the race on Tuesday amid discouraging polling numbers and reports of financial struggle, infighting, and turmoil within her campaign team.
Many of her fellow 2020 contenders and other Democrats expressed sadness and surprise at her departure, which also sparked a wider conversation about gender and race in politics.
Some Democratic operatives argued Harris’ exit demonstrated political savvy, while others said it illuminated what they call sexist and racist treatment she’s received from pundits and the media.
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Once considered a 2020 frontrunner, Sen. Kamala Harris’ sudden exit from the 2020 presidential field on Tuesday surprised her fellow Democrats.
Despite qualifying for the Dec. 19 Democratic debate, Harris announced her departure from the primary amid discouraging polling numbers and reports of financial struggle, infighting, and turmoil within her campaign team.
“I was very surprised by it,” Christine Pelosi, a Democratic strategist and the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told Insider. “It was rather shocking when I got a text from someone — I thought, ‘that can’t be.'”
Pelosi said she thought Harris had enough grassroots support to hit 15% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses in February — the threshold necessary for candidates to earn delegates. She thinks Harris’ financial struggles were the nail in the coffin.
Harris was also facing a looming deadline in her home state, where the ballot will be finalized later this month. A poor primary performance there could’ve had broad implications for her future in both the 2020 race and the Senate. Ian Russell, a Democratic congressional strategist, said the timing of Harris’ …read more
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