Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY.) has decided to end her 2020 presidential campaign amidst struggles to make her mark in the race.
According to NBC News, the senator, who brought issues surrounding women and families to the forefront of the conversation, reportedly lacked the polling and required numbers of donors that she needed to get into the third Democratic debate next month.
Still, although Gillibrand has ceded the battle, she has certainly not ceded the war, not for 2020 and onward, noting in a video announcing her withdrawal that “it’s important to know when it’s not your time.”
“I know this isn’t the result we wanted, we wanted to win this race, but’s important to know when it’s not your time,” Gillibrand said in the video posted to her Twitter account. “I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020.”
Gillibrand ends her race with $800,000, according to NBC and has plans to relaunch her Off the Sidelines PAC in October, which helps promote and lift up women running for office. Her campaign told NBC that Gillibrand intends to raise and invest at least $1 million to electing women in the next election.
“Our work is not done, and we have a clear mission in front of us,” Gillibrand said in the video. “We have to defeat President Trump, flip the Senate and elect women up and down the ballot.”
“I can’t wait to keep speaking out, marching and fighting with you,” she added. “Together we will make people’s lives better no matter who you are, where you live, or who you love.”