Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will end her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, a campaign aide confirmed to The Hill, bringing to a close a rough stretch of several months that saw her poll numbers sink and her fundraising performances dry up.
Harris, a first-term senator who has never lost a race, had been seen as a front-runner even before she launched her campaign with a massive rally in her hometown, Oakland.
But she struggled to convert that early enthusiasm into a sustained movement, and she came under fire for her inability to articulate a vision on issues like health care.
After hitting a high in late June, when she confronted former Vice President Joe Biden in the first Democratic presidential debate, her poll numbers sank precipitously.
As the money dried up, Harris pledged a renewed focus on Iowa’s critical first-in-the-nation caucuses. She laid off staff, including her entire New Hampshire operation, and dispatched several top aides to Iowa, where she spent Thanksgiving with supporters.