Kamala Harris the First to Fall From the Top Tier

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STRUGGLING TO RAISE money and to find a strong foothold in the crowded Democratic primary field, Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday dropped out of the presidential race, a dramatic fall for a contender who earlier this year appeared headed to top-tier status in the nomination battle.

“I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” the California Democrat said in a message to supporters.

“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,” Harris added in a not-so-veiled shot at billionaires Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg, who are sinking tens of millions of dollars of their own money into the race.

While neither Steyer nor Bloomberg is threatening the top tier of contenders, Steyer has qualified for the last two debates and the upcoming debate Dec. 19. Harris had qualified for the December debate as well. Bloomberg a former Republcian New York City mayor, was tied or ahead of Harris in two polls released this week.

“In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do,” Harris said in her message, adding that she would not abandon the fight for the one issue that unites Democrats: defeating Trump.

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