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Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020.
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Sen. Kamala Harris will end her presidential campaign, closing the chapter on a candidacy that began with high expectations but failed to capitalize on a viral debate performance this summer and struggled with reported tumult among the campaign’s staff.

A campaign aide confirmed to USA TODAY shortly before it was announced publicly that Harris informed her staff Tuesday she was suspending her campaign.

In an email to supporters, Harris said that she’s “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.”

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she said in the email. “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.

“In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do,” she continued. “So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today.”

Harris’ decision comes months after struggling to gain traction in a crowded primary field after briefly surging in the summer. During the first Democratic primary debate in June, Harris had a powerful exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden, where she called out Biden for opposing federally mandated busing to integrate schools while he was in Congress.

In polling after that exchange, the California Senator experienced a spike among voters. However, her numbers began to dip after a couple of weeks. Harris, the first South Asian American senator and the second African American female senator in history, tried to restart her campaign in the early fall by focusing on Iowa.

In October, dozens of aides were laid off from her Baltimore headquarters while other staffers at the time were redeployed to Iowa, according to Politico. Most recently, top Harris aide Kelly Mehlenbacher resigned and accepted a job with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Politico also reported.

Despite being one of three black candidates, Harris struggled to make waves with African American voters, a top voting bloc for Democrats. Throughout the campaign, some progressives criticized Harris for her record as California attorney general, arguing she was part of an era of “tough on crime” Democrats. 

Harris, who was elected to the Senate in 2016, first announced her bid on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Jan. 21. She held an official kick-off rally six days after announcing her bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. 

“We are at an inflection point in the history of our world,” she said during her rally on Jan. 27. “We are at an inflection point in the history of our nation. We are here because the American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before. And we are here at this moment in time because we must answer a fundamental question: Who are we? Who are we as Americans?”

Harris was often a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, and called for his impeachment.

Before joining the Senate, Harris also made history in 2010 as California’s first female and first African-American attorney general. Prior to that, she served two terms as the district attorney for San Francisco. 

As news broke that Harris was ending her campaign, her husband, Douglas Emhoff, posted a photo of him holding the California Senator.

“I’ve got you. As always,” he wrote, adding a heart emoji.

I’ve got you. As always.❤️ pic.twitter.com/5OJDT3cDfw

— Douglas Emhoff (@douglasemhoff) December 3, 2019

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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