A week after dismissing her campaign staff—including campaign manager Patricia Ewing—self-help guru Marianne Williamson announced today that she’s pulling out of the presidential race.
In a post on her site titled “With love and gratitude…” she said, “I ran for president to help forge another direction for our country. I wanted to discuss things I felt needed to be discussed that otherwise were not. I feel that we have done that.”
The announcement continues, “I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible effort to share our message. With caucuses and primaries now about to begin, however, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now. The primaries might be tightly contested among the top contenders, and I don’t want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning any of them.”
A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes….love will prevail.https://t.co/BqTKQFI338
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 10, 2020
As we wrote previously, the past few months have been a real slog for Williamson. In the third quarter of 2019, her cash flow slowed to a trickle, amounting to approximately $3 million versus the eight-figure hauls brought in by top-tier candidates like Bernie Sanders ($25.3 million) and Elizabeth Warren ($24.6 million).
Discussing the Williamson campaign’s failure to catch on, FiveThirtyEight wrote, “Maybe one reason why Williamson didn’t fare better in the polls is that the more voters got to know her, the less they liked her. …Even though Williamson’s favorable rating increased by 9 points after the first two debates, her unfavorable rating increased more—by 16 points. This made her one of the few Democratic candidates who was more unpopular than popular among members of her own party—generally speaking, not a good place to be.”
Before wrapping up the announcement by assuring her supporters that “love will prevail,” she wrote, “To the remaining Democratic candidates, I wish you all my best on the road ahead. It was an honor being among you. Whichever one of you wins the nomination, I will be there with all my energy and in full support.”
Thirteen Dems remain in the race; Williamson is the 15th candidate to drop out of the race.
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