Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, who wanted to become the first black president of the United States, announced on Tuesday that she was leaving the Democratic primary because she did not have enough money to finance her campaign.
Aged 55, the former California prosecutor entered the race at the end of January to win the Democratic nomination and challenge Republican Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election. After a very successful debut, she had fallen back and stagnated. in the polls behind the leading pack.
This is one of the biggest personalities to abandon the Democratic primary, which now has 15 candidates in the running.
She had just been relegated to sixth place in the polls
"My campaign to be elected president simply does not have the means we need to continue," she said in a statement. "I am not a billionaire. I can not finance my own campaign, "she continues. Kamala Harris had been relegated to the sixth place (3.4% according to the RealClearPolitics average) by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. "And as the campaign progresses, it has become increasingly difficult to raise the money we need to fight."
While still conducting an intense campaign in recent days in Iowa, she says she has reached "one of the toughest decisions" of her life.
Kamala Harris grew up in Oakland, California, a progressive city of the 1960s, proud of the civil rights struggle of her immigrant parents: a Jamaican father, a professor of economics, and an Indian mother who died today, a researcher specializing in cancer. breast.
Since the beginning of her career, she has accumulated pioneering titles. After two stints as a prosecutor in San Francisco, she was twice elected California prosecutor, becoming the first woman, but also the first black person, to head the judicial services of the most populous state in the country. Then in January 2017, she was sworn in the Senate in Washington, registering as the first woman from South Asia and only the second black senator in American history.