U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who held a presidential campaign focused on advocacy for ladies, ended her proposal for the 2020 Democratic nomination on Wednesday after failing to gain adhesion in opinion votes or qualify for next month’s debate.
The move didn’t come as a shock. Gillibrand, 52, failed below 1% in polls and struggled to raise money in a prepared field.
Gillibrand is the newest in a series of Democrats to end their presidential campaigns in the past month after failing to make progress. Her departure leaves 20 Democrats competing to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.
Gillibrand didn’t make an endorsement with her exit; however, said she would do so at some point. She mentioned that she would like to see a woman win the nomination.
To earn a place in the September debate, candidates had to receive at least 2% support in four national or early voting state votes, and have 130,000 unique donors, along with 400 in 20 states. Gillibrand’s failure to qualify for the debate probably would have had a significant impact on her already terrible financial position.
Trump may have been aware of Gillibrand holding a rally outside Trump Tower in Manhattan in March after formally getting into the race.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, another presidential hopeful, applauded Gillibrand on Twitter, calling her “a powerful voice against Donald Trump and everything he represents.”
Gillibrand was further dogged in some Democratic circles for her role in forcing well-known Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken from the Senate two years ago over allegations of inappropriate conduct toward women. Gillibrand has since said she didn’t regret her actions.