How Did her Campaign End After a Promising Start?
By: Dejon Virgo
The 2020 Democratic primary race has faced a new shake up with the latest candidate to drop out being California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Her withdrawal from the race this early was somewhat shocking to many people.
The California Senator was once seen as a top tier candidate and by many mainstream media outlets as the “Female Obama.” CNN once put her as number one in their early forecast for the nomination.
Harris tweeted on December 3: “To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today. But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.”
Harris also stated that she didn’t have the financial resources to continue her campaign, especially with someone like former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg who has spent $100 million alone on television ads.
This is more than what the Harris Campaign has raised in total. With her announcement coming after the end of the next fundraising period, the number didn’t look good for her.
This is disappointing for a candidate that gained popularity with her questioning in the Judiciary Committee during the William Barr and Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
Harris announced her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, almost a year ago on Good Morning America. She kicked off her campaign with a massive rally in Oakland, CA with over 20,000 people in attendance.
In the first debate she laid a very effective and damaging attack on former Vice President Joe Biden with his stance on segregation and busing.
The attack on Biden made Harris jump up in the polls from 7% to 15% according to Real Clear Politics. Many people thought that she was going to be the nominee.
This narrative quickly fell apart for a few reasons, one being that in the next debate Harris was hit hard by Representative Tulsi Gabbard on her record as a prosecutor in California.
Secondly, she released her version of “Medicare for All,” which was a poll contested consultant plan and not the program that she signed onto with Senator Bernie Sanders.
She also failed to have a follow-up to her boost in the polls with any substantive argument of why she should be president.
Harris fell to about 2% in some polls, behind candidates Andrew Yang and Gabbard. She was polling in 5th place even in California.
If a candidate can’t win their own state, especially the one with the most delegates, then it’s pretty much over for them.
Keep in mind that the deadline to file to get on the ballot in the California primary was only three days after she pulled out of the race. The New York Times had published an article that questioned whether Harris would make it to the Iowa Caucuses just before she pulled out.
The mainstream media finally caught up to the failing campaign of Harris. There is also something to watch out for because after Harris dropped out she got a lot of glowing reviews from some of her 2020 rivals, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, and even Biden.
Talks about Harris becoming a potential choice for VP floated around the media. It is hard to envision Warren picking someone that she has vast differences with on key issues such as health care and the economy.
Biden, on the other hand, might pick Harris as VP even with the bad blood that was spilled on the campaign trail. If Biden is the nominee, he will need someone who is energetic and fresh that can galvanize people.
The bottom line is that Harris is out and not missed by the Democratic base. The next question is which neo-corporate Democrat will drop out next?