New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race last week after struggling to register in the polls.
Democratic nominees had to poll at least 2% in order to qualify for the next debate. In failing to do so, Gillibrand felt it was an end to her presidential campaign.
Senator Gillibrand plans on endorsing another candidate. However, she has not yet chosen which she will endorse. She is expected to endorse a woman due to the fact she feels a woman would be the best leader for the country.
In addition to supporting women, she plans on supporting whoever the Democratic candidate is in order to elect someone besides President Donald Trump.
Senator Gillibrand’s focus of her campaign was centered around women’s equality and her pro-abortion stance. She held rallies in two red states, Georgia and Missouri, both which recently passed new restrictions on abortion.
Gillibrand is very progressive in her policies on healthcare, immigration, and climate change. However, she did not set herself apart as many other Democratic candidates have similar policies.
Gillibrand’s campaign spending far exceeded her ranking in the polls. She not only polled at less than 1% on average, she also struggled to raise money for her campaign. This resulted in her having to primarily rely on a $10 million war chest in her Senate campaign account.
“I think being able to have a voice on a debate stage, when other candidates have that, is really important,” Ms. Gillibrand said about the reason for her dropping out of the race. “And without it, I just didn’t see our path.”
Many attribute Gillibrand’s polling numbers to her “flexible” politics. Even among women, her primary target, she still polled very low numbers.
With Senator Kirsten Gillibrand dropping out of the presidential race, the Democrats still have 20 candidates remaining. However, only 10 have qualified for the next debate.