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Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of the 2020 presidential race

Kirsten Gillibrand.
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told the New York Times in an interview Wednesday that she is withdrawing from the presidential race.

The big picture: Gillibrand attempted to brand herself as the women's candidate — focusing her campaign on reproductive rights, child care and her #MeToo advocacy. But with a relatively high number of women running, she struggled to stand out, leading to poor showing in the polls and a failure to qualify for next month's debates.

  • Gillibrand also joined the race with some baggage. Some Democrats remain upset with her for ousting former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) for sexual misconduct without a hearing.
  • She previously had an "A"rating from the National Rifle Association and opposed amnesty for undocumented immigrants.

What she's saying:

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country. I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting. I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump."

What's next: Gillibrand is not up for re-election in the Senate until 2024.

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