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Speculation is mounting that Kamala Harris could be the next contender to exit the Democratic race after she fired dozens of staff members and shut offices in New Hampshire.  

The California Democrat, 55, is seeking to inject new life into her presidential bid, which is struggling in the polls and facing money problems as she goes all-in in Iowa.

It comes as Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate race.

And there was fervent speculation on social media that Harris would be next to drop out as her campaign officials confirmed to Fox News on Friday that only a ‘handful’ of staff were retained in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary.   

Speculation is mounting that Kamala Harris could be the next contender to exit the Democratic race after she laid of dozens of staff members and shuts offices in New Hampshire

 Speculation is mounting that Kamala Harris could be the next contender to exit the Democratic race after she laid of dozens of staff members and shuts offices in New Hampshire

Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate race

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate race

Three field offices, in Keene, Nashua, and Portsmouth, were also closed and the state headquarters  will remain open with a small number of staff.  

‘From the beginning of this campaign, Kamala Harris and this team set out with one goal — to win the nomination and defeat Donald Trump in 2020. 

‘This requires us to make difficult strategic decisions and make clear priorities, not threaten to drop out or deploy gimmicks,’ wrote her campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, in a memo explaining the changes, Politico reported.

He noted the ‘incredibly competitive resource environment,’ she faces. But many social media users interpreted the news as a sign she could be next to drop out.

Harris is running at just 3 per cent in the Real Clear Politics polling average, which, as the Republican National Committee notes in an email trumpeting the bad news, puts her about on par with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. 

One named Ian Samuel wrote: ‘ Kamala Harris going all-in on Iowa—an overwhelmingly white state, where Buttigieg has regional advantages, and where she cannot possibly hope to finish better than 5th—is the perfect capstone to her campaign of blunders. I will miss her.’

Another named Marla Hohner claimed: ‘1st BETO, now, KAMALA. Kamala Harris lays off staff, shuts offices in New Hampshire.’

@elyse777 also said: ‘Dropping like flies…. like mosquitos. Sucking blood & lying to the American People. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Kamala.’

Harris has tried to use her background as a prosecutor as a calling card to attack Trump during the impeachment battle. 

She told ‘Late Show’ host Seth Meyer’s Monday night: ‘We have a clear display of consciousness of guilt … We have a cover-up, that is that. 

Harris is running at just 3 per cent in the Real Clear Politics polling average, which, as the Republican National Committee notes in an email trumpeting the bad news, puts her about on par with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. But she remained defiant on Friday in Iowa

Harris is running at just 3 per cent in the Real Clear Politics polling average, which, as the Republican National Committee notes in an email trumpeting the bad news, puts her about on par with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. But she remained defiant on Friday in Iowa 

Harris has tried to use her background as a prosecutor as a calling card to attack Trump during the impeachment battle recently

Harris has tried to use her background as a prosecutor as a calling card to attack Trump during the impeachment battle recently 

She also thanked Beto O'Rourke for his contribution to the race before he bowed out Friday

She also thanked Beto O’Rourke for his contribution to the race before he bowed out Friday 

‘And we have a confession. And as a former prosecutor, I know a confession when I see it … And frankly somebody ought to tell Donald Trump he has a right to remain silent,’ she said. 

She may get a platform for free this fall if the Senate ends up taking up any House impeachment articles for President Trump. 

But she was not a central figure during the last presidential debate in Ohio, and her breakout moment, when she attacked former Vice President Joe Biden over school bussing, came back in June.

Rodriguez resorted to citing two candidates who won their party’s primaries – but lost the general election.

‘Plenty of winning primary campaigns, like John Kerry’s in 2004 and John McCain’s in 2008, have had to make tough choices on their way to the nomination, and this is no different,’ he wrote.

At the end of the last fundraising quarter, Harris raised $12 million but spent nearly $15 million, leaving her campaign further in the hole. She pulled in a similar amount the previous quarter. According to her campaign, she raised $35 million from over 350,000 donors.

In a Suffolk University / USA Today poll released Wednesday, Harris was at 3 per cent, trailing Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who bested her with 6 per cent. She also trailed Buttigieg in a Hill / Harris poll. 

Harris is running far behind the top tier in national polling, and trails South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in two recent polls

Harris is running far behind the top tier in national polling, and trails South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in two recent polls

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris high fives Senator Bernie Sanders as former Vice President Joe Biden applauds him for his response to a question about his age and health during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S., October 15, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris high fives Senator Bernie Sanders as former Vice President Joe Biden applauds him for his response to a question about his age and health during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S., October 15, 2019

JOE BIDEN AND THE 28 DEMOCRATS HE RAN AGAINST TO BECOME PARTY’S 2020 CANDIDATE

JOE BIDEN

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 78

Entered race: April 25, 2019

Career: No current role. A University of Delaware and Syracuse Law graduate, he was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 1969, then won upset election to Senate in 1972, aged 29. Was talked out of quitting before being sworn in when his wife and daughter died in a car crash and served total of six terms. Chaired Judiciary Committee’s notorious Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Ran for president in 1988, pulled out after plagiarism scandal, ran again in 2008, withdrew after placing fifth in the Iowa Caucuses. Tapped by Obama as his running mate and served two terms as vice president. Contemplated third run in 2016 but decided against it after his son died of brain cancer.

Family: Eldest of four siblings born to Joe Biden Sr. and Catherine Finnegan. First wife Neilia Hunter and their one-year-old daughter Naomi died in car crash which their two sons, Joseph ‘Beau’ and Robert Hunter survived. Married Jill Jacobs in 1976, with whom he has daughter Ashley. Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. Hunter’s marriage to Kathleen Buhle, with whom he has three children, ended in 2016 when it emerged Hunter was in a relationship with Beau’s widow Hallie, mother of their two children. Hunter admitted cocaine use; his estranged wife accused him of blowing their savings on drugs and prostitutes

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Ultra-moderate who will emphasize bipartisan record. Will come under fire over record, having voted: to stop desegregation bussing in 1975; to overturn Roe v Wade in 1981; for now controversial 1994 Violent Crime Act; for 2003 Iraq War; and for banking deregulation. Says he is ‘most progressive’ Democrat. New positions include free college, tax reform, $15 minimum wage. No public position yet on Green New Deal and healthcare. Pro-gun control. Has already apologized to women who say he touched them inappropriately

Would make history as: Oldest person elected president

Slogan: Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead 

AND THE 28 WHO HAVE WITHDRAWN   

MICHAEL BENNET, Colorado senator

  • Entered race: May 2, 2019 
  • Quit:  February 12, 2019, evening of New Hampshire primary

MIKE BLOOMBERG

Entered race: November 24, 2019

Quit: March 4, 2020, day after Super Tuesday primaries

CORY BOOKER, New Jersey Senator 

  • Entered race: February 1, 2019
  • Quit: January 13, 2020 

STEVE BULLOCK, Montana governor 

  • Entered race: May 14, 2019 
  • Quit: December 2, 2019

PETE BUTTIGIEG, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Entered race: January 23, 2019

Quit: March 1, 2020, day after South Carolina primary 

JULIÁN CASTRO, former Housing Secretary

  • Entered race: January 18, 2019
  • Quit: January 2, 2020 

BILL DE BLASIO, New York City mayor 

  • Entered race: May 16, 2019
  • Quit: September 20, 2020

JOHN DELANEY, former Maryland Congressman

  • Entered race: July 8, 2017
  • Quit: January 31, 2019 

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, New York senator

  • Entered race: January 16, 2019
  • Quit: August 28, 2019 

TULSI GABBARD, Hawaii congresswoman

  • Entered race: January 11 2019
  • Quit: March 19, 2020 

MIKE GRAVEL, Former Alaska governor

  • Entered race: April 2,2019
  • Quit: August 2, 2019 

KAMALA HARRIS,California senator  

  • Entered race: January 21, 2019
  • Quit: December 3, 2019 

JOHN HICKENLOOPER, Former Colorado governor

  • Entered race: March 4, 2019
  • Quit: August 15, 2019 

JAY INSLEE, Washington governor 

  • Entered race: March 1, 2019
  • Quit: August 21, 2019

AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota senator 

  • Entered race: February 19, 2019
  • Quit: March 2, 2020 

WAYNE MESSAM, mayor of Miramar, Florida 

  • Entered race: March 28, 2019
  • Quit: November 20, 2019 

SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts congressman

  • Entered race:  April 22,2019
  • Quit: August 23, 2019

RICHARD OJEDA, former West Virginia state senator

  • Entered race: November 12, 2018
  • Quit: January 25, 2019 

BETO O’ROURKE, former Texas congressman

  • Entered race: March 14, 2019 
  • Quit: November 1, 2019  

DEVAL PATRICK, former Massachusetts governor 

  • Entered race: November 13, 2019
  • Quit:  February 13, 2019, morning after New Hampshire primary

TIM RYAN, Ohio congressman

  • Entered race: April 4, 2019
  • Quit: October 24, 2019

BERNIE SANDERS, Vermont senator 

  • Entered race: January 25, 2019  
  • Quit: April 8, 2020 

JOE SESTAK, former Pennsylvania congressman 

  • Entered race: June 23, 2019
  • Quit: December 1, 2019

 TOM STEYER, billionaire activist 

  • Entered race: July 9, 2019
  • Quit: February 29, 2020

ERIC SWALWELL, California congressman 

  • Entered race: April 8, 2019
  • Quit: July 8, 2019  

ELIZABETH WARREN, Massachusetts senator

Entered race: December 31, 2018

Quit: March 5, 2020, two days after Super Tuesday 

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, author

  • Entered race: November 15, 2018
  • Quit: January 10, 2020 

ANDREW YANG, entrepreneur

  • Entered race: November 6, 2018
  • Quit: February 12, 2019, evening of New Hampshire primary

 

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