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Harris has dropped out of the race: What’s next?

By Abigail Simard

Early last month, California Senator Kamala Harris announced that she is ending her presidential campaign─one of the most shocking 2020 developments yet. She began the race with a surge of enthusiastic support, but had recently fallen short in polling and funding.

In her announcement, Harris cited a lack of financial resources to remain in the race. In a tweet, she told her followers, “it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.”

This announcement came as a shock to many people, as Harris had been one of the frontrunners early in the race. She had already qualified for the December debate, with only seven other candidates making the stage.

It is worth noting that of these seven candidates─Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders, businessman Andrew Yang, Senator Elizabeth Warren, businessman Tom Steyer, and Senator Amy Klobuchar─six of them are white. This raises concerns about how quickly such a diverse field of candidates reverted back to the stereotype of what a president should look like.  

While Harris dropping out of the race is a clear hit to the diversity that the Democratic Party takes pride in, her departure is unlikely to greatly impact polling numbers. Based on numbers from a Morning Consult poll, her supporters are expected to split between Biden and Warren, with 22 percent of Harris supporters choosing Biden as their second choice and 21 percent choosing Warren. Only 14 percent of Harris voters picked Sanders as their second choice candidate.

Assuming these voters go with their second choice candidates, such a split is unlikely to cause much upset in the race.

Regardless of what happens next, the Harris campaign has undoubtedly had an impact on this pivotal presidential race. Kamala Harris has broken barriers, challenging the stereotype of what a presidential candidate looks like. She has run a strong and inspirational campaign, serving as a role model for young women of color.

Although her presidential bid has come to an end, Harris insists that she “will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about.”

Despite the disappointment among her supporters, Senator Harris reminds us that no matter who our candidate is, we have important work to do: we must continue the fight for “Justice for the people. All the people.”

Abigail Simard is a freshman studying Creative Writing and English, from Farmington, Connecticut.

Note: The GW College Democrats News & Blog Committee’s mission is to highlight, empower, and facilitate the political expression of its members. As such, the views expressed in this article are based on the opinions of its author, and do not necessarily represent the views of the whole of GW College Democrats, its executive board, or its senior deputy board.


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