Sen. Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race

The California senator who was considered to be a top contender for the Democratic nomination had faded after a strong start and announced her withdrawal on Tuesday.
2:49 | 12/04/19

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we'll tune in to that. The race for the white house and the major shake-up, California senator kamala Harris announced she is dropping out and Harris had been considered a top contender but faded after a strong start. Linsey Davis is here with more and this caught a lot of people off guard. A bit of a surprise announcement. Good morning. This is the same woman whose first campaign rally drew 0,000 attendees and early comparisons between her and Barack Obama but now with her out several candidates are vying for her supporters. Reporter: Senator kamala Harris who sought to be the first black female president of the United States and one of only seven to qualify for the next democratic debate with that surprise announcement Tuesday that she's dropping out of the presidential race calling it one of the hardest digs of her life. So here's the deal, guys. My campaign for president simply does not have the financial resources to continue. I'm not a billionaire. I can't fund my own campaign. Reporter: Harris telling staffers that over the course of Thanksgiving weekend she was working around the clock to try to figure out how they could make it work but after doing a campaign audit she said she just didn't have the money to move forward. I cannot tell you I have a path forward if I don't believe I do. Reporter: A sign that the campaign was unraveling with this scathing resignation letter from a Harris aide obtained by "The New York Times" where she wrote I have never seen an organization treat staff so poorly. No longer have confidence in our campaign or its leadership. Harris' plateau in the polls was even joked about on "Snl." I'm just going to have fun and see if I can get viral moments. Mama needs a gif. I'm going to tell my kids this is was Michelle Obama. Reporter: But through it all Harris and her team remained to be in good spirits. Her communications director treated this video showing the senator and her Baltimore staff laughing while doing the electric slide. She began the race with promise as a top tier candidate famously taking on Biden for his opposition to federal busing to integrate public schools but unable to maintain momentum. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every Diana that little girl was me. Reporter: Overnight among the messages of support her husband tweeted this photo with the caption, I've got you as always. Reporter: Last night the Castro campaign said following Harris' departure they had their biggest fund-raising day. President trump tweeted too bad, we will miss you kamala to which Harris responded, don't worry, there president, I'll see you at your trial. Fighting words on her departure. There are new developments in

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