Sen. Kamala Harris is poised to withdraw her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN. Ultimately, her run foundered with a muddled goal, campaign in-fighting and an inability to sustain support from vital Democratic voting blocs, particulary African Americans.
Harris, a U.S. senator from California, informed staffers of her decision in a phone call Tuesday morning.
"But I want to be clear with you", she wrote, "I am still very much in this fight". Justice for the People.
The California senator's campaign seemed full of promise when it launched in January, but she struggled to make headway in a crowded field.
The 55-year-old Harris, who was recently overtaken in the polls by Bloomberg, also canceled a high-profile fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday at a law firm in New York City, CNBC reported on Tuesday.
Yet after climbing into double digits in opinion polls following a strong debate performance in June, Harris slid out of the top tier in recent months and lags behind leading candidates' fundraising hauls.
But in polling terms she could not break into the first rank of candidates, which Biden still leads from the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
In November her cash-strapped bid laid off staff at its Baltimore HQ and in New Hampshire and her home state.