Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is out of the 2020 presidential race and will be returning to serve as a Senator of New York.
Reuters reports the decision comes after Gillibrand did not have enough support in national polls to qualify for the next round of presidential primary debates.
Jess Fassler, Gillibrand’s campaign manager, wrote in a statement released to the media: “After more than eight months, and with clarity that she will not have access to the September debate stage, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is suspending her campaign for president today.”
Gillibrand used her national campaign to emphasize the need to elect more women and, according to Fassler, the senator will continue to push that message ahead of the 2020 elections.
“Moving forward, Kirsten will focus on uniting our party and our country to beat Donald Trump, flip the Senate and elect women up and down the ballot,” she said.
In a video later released online, the New York Senator said she recognized that it was not her time to win the presidential race.
“I know this isn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to win this race. But it’s important to know when it’s not your time, and to know how you can best serve your community and country,” she said per the report.
Today, I am ending my campaign for president.
I am so proud of this team and all we've accomplished. But I think it’s important to know how you can best serve.
To our supporters: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, let's go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate. pic.twitter.com/xM5NGfgFGT
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 28, 2019
Gillibrand did not make an endorsement with her exit but told the New York Times she would do so at some point. She suggested she would like to see a woman win the nomination.
“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Gillibrand told the Times, saying: “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”
But she added: “I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”
To earn a spot in the September debate, candidates had to draw at least 2% support in four national or early voting state polls, and have 130,000 unique donors, including 400 in 20 states. Gillibrand’s failure to qualify for the debate likely would have had a significant impact on her already dire financial position.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who ran a presidential campaign centered on advocacy for women, ended her bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination after failing to gain traction in opinion polls. More here: https://t.co/4mEWcadp4E pic.twitter.com/6dnUwMNYgo
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 29, 2019
President Trump trolled the announcement on Twitter when he said he was glad the Democratic Party never found out that he was fearful of Gillibrand.
“A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary,” Trump said in a tweet. “I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!”
A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019