Fast React | Kirsten Gillibrand accepts the inevitable

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She never surpassed two percent support in any major polls, and recent polling had her within margin of error of zero percent support.

Gillibrand's campaign recognized early in the summer that the NY senator would likely be unable to come back from being excluded from the third and fourth debates, the aide said, so the campaign ramped up their on-the-ground field operation in Iowa and New Hampshire and started spending millions in TV and digital ads aimed at garnering small-dollar donations and boosting the senator's standing in early state polls. But before her announcement, Gillibrand's media mentions were nearly nonexistent. "It's important to know when it's not your time".

"I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump", she said.

I applaud Gillibrand for admitting defeat when it was apparent, and for being one of the first doomed candidates to drop out of the race.

From the start of her campaign, Gillibrand attacked Trump as a divider - a person who seeks to tear the country apart along racial and political lines. Throughout her presidential campaign, Gillibrand stood by the decision and said it was sexist that she was dogged by the issue. She was running for president.

One of the senator's most memorable moments came on the debate stage last month, when she confronted former Vice President Joe Biden's record on paid family leave, citing an editorial he wrote that said working women would "create the detoriation of the family". Gillibrand met with staff at her campaign headquarters in Troy on Wednesday afternoon to tell them her race was over.

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On Politico , Patti Solis Doyle, a Democratic strategist who was involved in Hillary Clinton's presidential run, said, "Gillibrand was drowned out by the top tier, in the same way the rest of the candidates who are still in it and aren't in those top five are being drowned out". But Gillibrand was the first Senate Democrat in December 2017 to call for Minnesota Sen.

Gillibrand announced her withdrawal from the race after failing to meet the criteria to gain a spot in the September 12 debate for the Democratic candidates.

Many of her Senate colleagues seeking the Democratic presidential nomination - including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Harris, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont - followed her lead in calling for Franken to step down before he quit in January 2018.

Kirsten Gillibrand got out of the presidential race at the right time, according to experts.

"She is not going to rush into that", the aide added.

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