Sen. Kamala Harris. Courtesy of the campaign

Sen. Kamala Harris announced Tuesday that she is ending her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The junior Senator and former Attorney General of California was one of the first to announce a candidacy, but has been lagging in the polls and fundraising in recent months.

She described the decision as one of the hardest in her life.

“To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today,” she said. “But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.”

She said the campaign “uniquely spoke to the experiences of black women and people of color,” but found it “harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”

She added that though she is no longer running for President, “I will do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump.”

Harris reportedly told aides of her intentions in an all-staff call and plans to travel to early primary states this week to thank them in person.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.