Kamala Harris is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Guardian confirmed on Tuesday. I can't fund my own campaign.
Mehlenbacher, who landed with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2020 campaign, said the final straw came when dozens of aides at Harris' Baltimore headquarters were laid off.
The senator's announcement comes after her campaign drastically cut her staff in October, funneling most of her campaign's resources toward working on a strong victory in Iowa and leaving other early voting states such as New Hampshire and SC with minimal staffing and funding. But Harris' uneven performance in the campaign, especially her fumbling on healthcare, drove her poll ratings downward and she never recovered.
Harris launched her campaign in front of 20,000 people at a chilly, outdoor campaign launch in January.
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Harris held a conference call with staff on Tuesday afternoon to inform them of her decision, according to sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"My campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue", she wrote in a Medium post.
Harris popularity rose in part because of her harsh questioning of Trump cabinet nominees such as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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