Real Explanation For Kamala Harris’s Decision to Quit the 2020 Race, in One Cartoon
December 4, 2019 | by James G. Dalton
By now most readers know that former top-tier candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the 2020 race for the Democratic Party nomination for President today.
She blamed a lack of money needed to continue. While this is likely true, what’s the real explanation for her lack of funding?
Here in one one cartoon is what we believe to be the answer:
So there you have it.
The real reason she had to quit is her support was extremely slim.
She had a real chance to win the nomination but blew it by hiding from her own record, because of her record, her inability to articulate coherent policy positions and her poor performances in the televised debates.
Here’s the background story, for those that missed it earlier:
First-term U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California on Tuesday will end her 2020 presidential campaign after failing to garner support in key states despite an early rise in the polls, according to a campaign source.
“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,” Harris said in an email to supporters on Tuesday. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”
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.
Kamala Harris says she will end her bid to become the 2020 Democratic nominee. Who will her supporters back now? https://t.co/PGtXNDV72N
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) December 3, 2019
Harris, 55, positioned herself as a unifying candidate who could energize the party’s base of young, diverse progressives while also appealing to more moderate voters.
Yet after climbing into double digits in opinion polls following a strong debate performance in June, Harris slid out of the top tier in recent months and lags behind leading candidates’ fundraising hauls.
The senator from California’s departure from the race is the first of a top-tier candidate from the crowded nominating contest.
Harris entered the race as an immediate front-runner but then struggled to maintain support, which critics said was fueled by her inability to articulate policy positions and the backlash of an attempt to attack rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Reuters contributed to this report.