Yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the race for Democratic Candidate for President.
Sen. Harris had strong polling numbers at the start of her campaign and throughout the summer months. She was commended by most for challenging front runner VP Joe Biden during Democratic debates.
However, Harris' polling numbers quickly declined throughout the weeks and months, ultimately culminating in her withdrawal from the race.
Harris blamed lack of money for her inability to compete with the other top candidates, but her policies also we not as appealing to voters as some of her fellow Democrats.
In a statement released yesterday, Harris noted that "I'm not a billionaire. I can't fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it's become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete" (LA Times).
Harris' team braced for this announcement, as she had laid off campaign workers in New Hampshire and in her Baltimore headquarters.
Additionally, on Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock gave up his 2020 bid. While Gov. Bullock was largely under-shadowed by many other top candidates, his choice to leave the race may spark a trend for other contenders.
Governor Bullock also claims he will not run for U.S. Senate. Bullock noted many obstacles along his campaign prevented him from breaking "through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates."
The withdrawal of Harris and Bullock from the race reflects a trend in candidates realizing they are unable to compete against top contenders in the party.