A load of Democrats are running for President in 2020; making the primary field quite crowded. Despite the variations in social and fiscal ideology, the common theme among Democrats remains clear: Get President Trump out of office; but for many ex-candidates, taking on the challenge was too great a task. Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, former politicians, novelists, and business people alike have thrown their hats into the ring and are ready to debate. However, since the original candidates have announced their running in early 2019, many people have dropped out of the race. Here’s what you need to know about the prominent candidates who dropped out, why they did so, and their plans for the future!
- Bill De Blasio
The New York City mayor announced the end of his campaign on Friday, September 20th, 2019, during an appearance on MSNBC. He explained that “It’s clearly not my time,” adding that “after several months of campaigning, I have reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary. Today, I’m ending my campaign for the presidency.” Instead of campaigning, De Blasio reports that he will return to New York City to pick his day job back up for the more than two years until term limits end his time as mayor.
- Cory Booker
On January 13th, one day prior to the seventh Democratic primary debate, the New Jersey senator announced that he was suspending his campaign. Announced on Twitter, Booker reported that his “campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – with money we don’t have, and money that is hard to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the urgent business of impeachment will reightly be keeping me in Washington.” As Booker insinuated in the Tweet, he has been working adematley in Congress to pushback against President Trump.
- Julián Castro
On January 2nd, 2020, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and only Latino candidate for president, announced that he would be dropping out of the presidential race. He stayed in the race despite failing to reach high enough polling numbers to make the November and December debate staged, but reported in a video posted to his Twitter that he would suspend his campaign for president because this “simply isn’t our time.” Despite explaining that he did not know what he would be doing next, he “was not done fight” and he would “keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care, and a decent place to live.”
- Kamala Harris
The California Senator suspended her campaign on December 3rd, after a last push in Iowa. “ I want to be clear, I am still very much in this fight, and I will keep fighting everyday for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the people. All the people.” She promised to do everything in her power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of the United States. There are no current indications for what her next steps will be, but she is committed to removing President Trump from office.
- Beto O’Rourke
On November 1st, the former Texas Congressman officially dropped out of the race explaining that his campaign does not have “the means the move forward successfully.” He has said in the past that 2020 will most likely include a race for Senate or the House of Representatives in Texas, but nothing has been confirmed. O’Rourke has been quote active in terms of supporting whomever the Democratic nominee happens to be, and reported that he “can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever that nominee is; and proud to call them President in January 2021, because they will win.”