Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ended her presidential campaign on Thursday. With Gillibrand’s exit, the field of candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has shrunk to 20.
“I know this isn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to win this race,” the New York Democrat told her supports in a Twitter post. “But it’s important to know when it’s not your time, and to know how you can best serve your community and country.”
“I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.”
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 was an enthusiastic campaigner, with an impressive record in the U.S. Senate, but never managed to attract the attention of voters. In the most recent Iowa Poll, she attracted support of less than 1 percent.
Gillibrand announced her decision to quit the race shortly after news broke that she failed to qualify for next Democratic candidates’ debate in September.