WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris is ending her once-promising presidential campaign.
The California senator told Iowa staff that she was dropping out of the race on Tuesday, multiple outlets reported. Her bid for the presidency had once reached first-tier status before slowly bleeding away support over the course of the last few months.
Soon after, she sent a letter to supporters blaming fundraising struggles for her decision.
“I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” she said in the email. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”
Harris had entered the campaign a juggernaut, drawing tens of thousands to her first campaign rally in her East Bay home base and immediately posting strong fundraising numbers. She hired a team built to compete, including a vast swath of alumni from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She’d gradually crept up in the polls, before generating a huge bounce when she directly attacked former Vice President Joe Biden during a June presidential debate for his opposition to requiring busing to integrate school systems.
She made it personal, pointing out she’d been bused to school. And her rehearsed line — ”that little girl was me” — rang across the field and immediately appeared on Harris T-shirts with a photo of her as a child.
Cover image: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
This article originally appeared on VICE US.