Thanking her supporters, one of the longshot candidates for the Democratic nomination has dropped out of the race. In a video address, Marianne Williamson announced she has suspending her campaign for president. Williamson, a self-help author, made the decision to drop out of the race after facing disappointing results in the primary elections.
The New York Times reports:
“If you feel that you have a deeper appreciation of the promise of America and of your responsibility to do something about it,” Ms. Williamson said, then, she added, “this campaign will have succeeded.”
Ms. Williamson on Tuesday placed a very distant third place in Nevada’s primary election, behind President Biden — who won nearly 90 percent of the vote — and behind “none of these candidates,” a ballot option that earned less than 6 percent of the vote. She had put significant effort into campaigning in the state before the primary, but ultimately drew under 3 percent of the vote.
She also placed a very distant second in the South Carolina primary, with just over 2 percent of the vote, but she topped Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota — who had so far been Mr. Biden’s most significant rival. Mr. Phillips was not on the ballot in Nevada, and has pointed to Michigan as the next primary he intends to compete in.
It was Ms. Williamson’s second attempt at running for president. She had earned some publicity early in the Democratic debates during her first run in 2020, but dropped out of the race before the first votes were cast.
Much to be grateful for… pic.twitter.com/vbSP5b8yrD
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 8, 2024
Dean Phillips, another challenger to Biden, responded to Williamson’s video by saying, “Marianne Williamson is a woman of courage, strength, and compassion for our country who’s been grossly mistreated by a system designed to do just that.
I’m honored to have run alongside her, and will carry our shared principles forward with fortitude.”
Biden’s challengers have faced a difficult time against the president’s rigging of the Democratic primary.
“As the primary season got underway, it quickly became clear that Williamson’s enthusiasm and often spiritual message did not resonate with voters any more this year, than it had in 2020,” explained NBC News.
“Biden clinched victories in New Hampshire as a write-in candidate and in South Carolina’s primary, squeezing Williamson even farther into the margins of the field.
Her best shot at picking up votes was in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, where Biden’s name was not officially on the ballot. New Hampshire voters pride themselves on their independence from the strict two-party system, and outsider candidates tend to fare better in the Granite State than they do anywhere else.”
Phillips has vowed to stay in the race, citing Biden’s terrible poll numbers and significant concerns about the president’s age.