Gillibrand ends US presidential bid

Friday, August 30, 2019

Gillibrand in the 116th Congress.
Image: US Senate Photography.

Kirsten Gillibrand, who was a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2020 United States presidential election, ended her campaign on Wednesday. She made her official announcement via a post on Twitter, in which she thanked her supporters.

Gillibrand dropped out ahead of the upcoming third Democratic primary debate. According to reports, Gillibrand was unable to qualify for this debate, failing to top more than 1% in any national poll.

Gillibrand, who made women's issues a key focus of her campaign, is currently serving as the junior Senator from New York; in 2009, she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat after Clinton resigned to become the United States Secretary of State. Before joining the Senate, Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was first elected to the House in 2006.

Gillibrand has stated her intention to endorse one of her now-former rivals, but had not yet publicly decided on a candidate.