SACRAMENTO, California – Senator Kamala Harris almost appeared to be the front runner as she launched her Democratic presidential campaign in front of a jubilant crowd of 20,000 supporters in downtown Oakland in January. A prosecutor who is supposed to defeat Trump, a black woman in a party that disproportionately consists of black women, a US senator from the country's largest state – she looked impressive on paper.

This was before former Vice President Joe Biden entered the race. Before Mayor Pete and Elizabeth Warren shot to the top step. Before Harris announced that she "moved to Iowa" (explicitly deleted) and before the campaign was passed and then a handful of inappropriate slogans were dropped ("Dude gotta go") before the campaign's internal drama found its way into Politico and The New York Times, which last week debuted its story as "How Kamala Harris Campaign unraveled."

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This morning, Harris announced that she has thrown in the towel and left behind a field of 15 Democratic candidates – many of whom are still with her. Her label "political pragmatist" did not agree with the mood of her party's electorate, and as a "progressive prosecutor," questions were raised about how progressive she really was as a San Francisco district attorney or as California Attorney General.

But according to Harris, it was all about money.

"I'm not a billionaire, I can not fund my own campaign, and in the course of the campaign, it has become increasingly difficult to raise the money we need to compete," she said in a press release this morning – a recent confrontation with Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg and John Delaney, three billionaires who are still in business the field.

Harris' decision to quit two months ahead of Iowa Caucus is not just a national story. It is also a Californian. Her term of office in the Senate extends to 2022, provided she is not won for a vice presidential post or a potential cabinet position in a democratic presidential administration. It's unclear how attractive that would be to her. It is clear that she is ambitious and has many years to look for a higher position again. The following is the end of their bid for 2020 for the Golden State:

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With polls coming up, Harris' sudden departure from the race is probably good news for Warren, Massachusetts senator.

A recent Capitol Weekly survey of likely California Democratic voters found that 45% of Harris supporters supported Warren as their second choice. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg took another 16% and 13%, respectively.

But the race is still so "head to head," said Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., who conducted the poll that the distribution of Harris' relatively small electorate in California is unlikely to crown anyone candidate the clear leader. It could have some leverage for Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders, who has prioritized mobilization of votes in California and now counts 80 domestic workers, and Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, who wholly and skips the early states instead of dollars for advertising in California and other states voting on March 3rd.

Where Harris had a more dominant presence in her home country, there were endorsements and fundraisers for big money.

Despite months of lackluster surveys, Harris was still the main beneficiary of the big US dollar donors in California this year (donating more than $ 200 a year). In 2019, she collected more than $ 11.5 million from the donor class of the Golden State, according to recent records.

The runner-up for California's Democratic Dollars? Buttigieg.

California donors have played an important role in the campaign this year, precisely because "they did not unite Harris as a favorite daughter and instead provided millions to make other candidates viable," said Rose Kapolczynski, a Democratic political adviser.

Harris also earned most of the state's high-profile support – including Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. Just yesterday, Newsom's office had announced that it would fly to Iowa in mid-December to promote Harris. The two former Franciscans were called political siblings. What could be his next step, the governor did not respond to requests for comments. He has Tweet Props to Harris:

Bob Mulholland, a delegate to the Democratic National Committee of Chico, who advocated Harris, said he did not expect the freed-up supporters to gather around a candidate. Separated from Harris, there is no consensus of choice, he said. "Many will wait to see if someone else breaks off."

When the state legislature decided to postpone California's primaries to March 3, he hoped that the largest US state would play a more crucial role in the election of presidential candidates.

March may not have been early enough to help Harris, said Corey Cook, a political scientist at St. Mary's College.

"What people have not understood is that with so many candidates in the field, preschool would be so stressful that it would win the field much earlier," he said. "I assume that a few more candidates will leave before the end of the year."

It's not clear that an early California vote would have helped Harris anyway. Although she was the state's younger senator, she wavered in the low double-digit range here – only a few points higher than her survey in other states. According to a recent poll conducted by The Institute for Governmental Studies for the Los Angeles Times, 61% of California's likely Democratic primary voters thought Harris should drop out.

That's not to say that Harris would not stand a chance if she had lasted longer, said Mitchell of Political Data.

"In a 16-way race, which is in high single-digit range queried," is not the end of the world, "said Mitchell. "I find it regrettable for her and her supporters that the money was not there."

Presidential candidates have until December 26 to cancel their names in California.

Critics, both outside and within the Harris operation, blamed the leadership for the campaign on poor financial management. Christine Pelosi, chairwoman of California Caucus Women's Caucus, said, however, that the critical coverage of the Harris campaign and the inability to raise enough money is partly due to "sexism" and "misogyny" (misogyny against black women). be attributed.

Reporters wrote "post-mortems before there was even a mortem," she said. "The money was absolutely insurmountable, and you can not afford it if people assume you can not afford it, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy."

It's no coincidence, Pelosi said, that the six remaining candidates who qualified for the December 19 debate in Los Angeles – Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer of California – all are white.

Thus, another sign that California is affecting the primary process seems to have come up short. Regardless of the majority minority in California, the top leadership of Democratic candidates still looks very much to Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Despite her last campaign slogan, "Justice in Voting," Harris has never quite figured out how to convey her record as a California prosecutor.

As soon as she had announced her offer for the White House, she began to deal with the lawyers on the left side of the criminal justice system. That began with a New York Times statement by law professor Lara Bazelon of the University of San Francisco – and never really succumbed.

In a CNN debate in August, Hawaiian MP Tulsi Gabbard Harris accused of prosecuting marijuana-related crimes that in some cases her office had not provided exonerative evidence and lodged a bail. Trapped between two enviable defenses of her previous prosecution decisions – either she made those decisions or she was unaware of what was happening in her own office – Harris did not directly address the criticisms.

Today's election campaign of President Donald Trump has lost no time Posting Kudos Outliers Gabbard at the expense of Harris:

Nevertheless, Harris's report was full of decisions that, regardless of their motivation at the time, made them not popular with some Democratic voters. As CalMatters reported for the first time in September, Harris & # 39; Office decided to prosecute a mentally ill woman for assaulting police officers after being shot by these policemen.

Their fate may reflect how much electorate has shifted from criminal justice issues since Harris's first election campaign in a decade and a half. Or it may reflect the fact that, despite California's liberal reputation, the strategy required for a successful candidacy for the Attorney General in California, which may require the appeasement of criminal moderates and police unions, still differs greatly from the strategy for obtaining it a democratic presidential nomination is required.

This was a rare defeat for Ace Smith and his team of political advisors at SCRB Strategies in the Bay Area, who have long won state and local races in California. They helped both Govs. Jerry Brown and Newsom in Sacramento and Harris in the US Senate.

The recent setback was particularly public. In articles in both the Politico and the New York Times, Juan Rodriguez, Harris' SCRB partner and campaign manager, was accused by unnamed sources in the campaign of having carried out a malfunctioning operation.

It was also a bad day for People Standing Strong, a California-based super-PAC led by Newsom-affiliated political advisers Dan Newman and Brian Brokaw. The group was supposed to launch a $ 1 million advertising campaign across Iowa when the news of Harris' decision became known.

"It was quite abrupt," Brokaw said, adding that he learned that his new ad would not be aired after all, "as literally every reporter started calling me at the same time this morning."

CalMatters.org is a non-profit, impartial media company that explains Californian politics and politics.

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