#MeToo campaigner Kirsten Gillibrand ends run for White House
The senator has been an outspoken advocate of action against sexual misconduct but has struggled to make an impact in a crowded Democratic field.
Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the presidential race.
The 52-year-old New York senator announced her decision on Twitter as her campaign, which once looked to ride strong #MeToo credentials, was plagued by low polling and fundraising struggles.
She had failed to meet thresholds for required numbers of donors and polling to qualify for the September debate in Houston.
Today, I am ending my campaign for president.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 28, 2019
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
Ms Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.
She was vocal on curbing sexual harassment and promoting equal pay for women and family leave, making those and defending abortion rights the core of her presidential bid.
A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
But Ms Gillibrand also was the first Senate Democrat to call for Minnesota senator Al Franken’s resignation and says that alienated donors and some voters.
President Donald Trump, who will face the Democratic candidate in November 2020, wasted little time in tweeting, saying: “A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary.
“I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!”