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I mentioned this a few times: for several months, I was debating who to vote for in my state’s primary next year, and I was trying to decide between Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. I like them both so much, but over the last month, I decided that I would give my vote to Senator Harris. But now I can’t. Kamala Harris has dropped out of the presidential race, two months exactly before the Iowa caucus. I knew that Senator Harris’s poll numbers were lower than they should have been, and I had heard the stories about internal drama within her campaign. But I’m honestly a bit shocked that she pulled out. I still believed that people were sleeping on Kamala, and that by Super Tuesday (March 3rd), Kamala would be a significant contender. I was wrong.

So what went wrong? A lot of the talk over the past few weeks has been about some bad decision-making inside the campaign, like not putting enough time and resources in Iowa and New Hampshire (perhaps she was betting on South Carolina and Super Tuesday, like me). Plus, she had significant fundraising woes, and she didn’t have enough cash on hand for an ad buy in Iowa in the final months. There are a lot of commentators (men, mostly) arguing that Kamala herself made some bad decisions internally within the campaign. It might be true, but again – Donald Trump’s campaign was run by Paul Manafort, who is sitting in prison right now because of all the crimes he committed AS campaign manager.

Of course there are other conversations too… like how there are so many double-standards applied to women, and double standards on top of double-standards when the woman happens to be black or mixed-race black and Indian. The Bernie Bros screaming about how “Kamala is a cop” didn’t help. I could go on. But I won’t, because I’m tired and sad.

You can read Kamala Harris’s statement below, on Medium. I’m so sad.

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