Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out of Presidential Race

August 29, 2019

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New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand ended her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday, telling supporters in an online video that it was "important to know when it’s not your time.” The 52-year-old's decision came after the senator failed to qualify for the next round of Democratic debates to be held in Houston next month. Her campaign was unable to meet the polling and fundraising threshold required for debate participation, despite spending millions of dollars on ads asking for donations as small as $1. Gillibrand failed to ride her $10.5 million war chest and strong #MeToo credentials into any consistent momentum throughout the race. Some feel that Gillibrand's early call for popular Democratic Senator Al Franken's resignation in 2017 was a factor with Democratic voters, despite the fact other candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Corey Booker also called for Franken to quit. Gillibrand said in July she wouldn't rule out being another candidate's choice for vice president.