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Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 campaign is basically on life support.
Since announcing her candidacy in January, she has not been able to break one percent in the Real Clear Average of polls.
Now people close to her are trying to make her see the writing on the wall.
The Washington Examiner reports:
‘She’s not going to make it’: Friends and donors want Gillibrand to drop out
Friends, former staffers, and donors say it’s time for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to end her low-polling presidential campaign, as she struggles to reach the donor threshold that would qualify her for the next set of debates.
Instead of focusing on a losing presidential campaign, they instead want the New York Democrat to focus on staying in the Senate.
“It would be best if she decided that this was not her time,” one longtime Gillibrand fundraiser told the New York Post. “Most people that I talk to are very happy with her as their senator and don’t want her to give up her Senate seat and don’t see any realistic traction for her.”
“I don’t know that anyone even wants to see her on the debate stage. Everyone I have talked to finds her performative and obnoxious,” a former senior staffer in Gillibrand’s Senate office said.
“She comes across as an opportunist to the public. I think that’s the biggest problem,” the staffer added. The staffer said the problem stems from her moderate Democrat days, when she was a House member for upstate New York. Now that she is a senator, she needs to be a big progressive voice.
She’s now signalling that she’d be happy to consider being someone’s VP but that isn’t likely to happen.
Gillibrand: ‘Of course’ I’d consider a VP offer
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that she would be open to serving as the running mate to the eventual Democratic presidential nominee should her faltering White House bid flame out short of a primary victory.
“Of course,” she told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa of accepting the No. 2 spot on a Democratic ticket. “I will do public service in all its forms.”
Gillibrand’s campaign has struggled to gain traction since it began earlier this year, and the New York senator is in danger of failing to qualify for the third Democratic debate, scheduled for next month in Houston.
She said Monday she was still about 20,000 donors short of reaching the grassroots fundraising threshold to make the debate stage and and that she had registered 2 percent support in one qualifying poll, three short of the four required.
UPDATE: SHE’S OUT. WATCH:
Today, I am ending my campaign for president.
I am so proud of this team and all we've accomplished. But I think it’s important to know how you can best serve.
To our supporters: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, let's go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate. pic.twitter.com/xM5NGfgFGT
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) August 28, 2019