The California Democrat, who had announced her bid for the White House in January, said she doesn’t have the money to continue.
Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, a dramatic move for a candidate who began the race with promise.
Two months before the Iowa caucuses, Harris’s departure was unexpected.
At the start of her campaign, Democrats viewed the California senator as one of the party’s strongest contenders against Donald Trump.
A barrier-breaking former prosecutor who could rebuild the coalition of voters that helped elect Barack Obama twice.
But she struggled to define a clear rationale for her candidacy and in recent weeks her campaign was beset by upheaval and layoffs.
Harris notified her staff on Tuesday afternoon shortly, according to a campaign aide, before her campaign emailed supporters.
In the email, Harris wrote: “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.”
“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”
“But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight.”
It has been the honor of my life to be your candidate. We will keep up the fight. pic.twitter.com/RpZhx3PENl
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
The announcement is perhaps the most surprising development to date in a fluid Democratic presidential campaign where Ms. Harris began in the top tier.