Long-shot Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson suspended her campaign.
“I appreciate greatly all the incredible people who accompanied me on our political journey over the last ten months. While the level of our failure is obvious to all, a level of success is real nonetheless. We articulated deeper, more authentic truths than those regularly acknowledged by the political establishment. And I’m not only glad we did that; I’m proud of it,” Williamson wrote on substack.
“I will never be able to fully express my gratitude to those who supported the campaign – as donors, as volunteers, as team members, and more,” she continued.
“Although as of today we are suspending our campaign, our platform – with its deep dive into so many issues – will remain on Marianne2024.com,” she added.
Much to be grateful for… pic.twitter.com/vbSP5b8yrD
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 8, 2024
Williamson was one of few Democratic challengers to incumbent President Joe Biden, along with House Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn. She and Phillips both consistently polled with single-digit margins.
Williamson won roughly 2% of the vote in South Carolina’s Democratic primary last weekend.
The self-help guru campaigned on an anti-establishment platform, looking to “Disrupt the System,” according to one of her slogans. This was her second presidential bid, after a failed primary campaign in 2020.
BREAKING: Marianne Williamson suspends her presidential campaign, ending long-shot primary challenge to Biden https://t.co/jBUbbWJj0F
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 8, 2024
From the Associated Press:
Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips is the last nationally known Democrat still running against Biden, who has scored blowout victories in South Carolina and Nevada and easily won in New Hampshire — despite not being on the ballot — after his allies mounted a write-in campaign.
Biden is now more firmly in command of the Democratic primary. That’s little surprise given that he’s a sitting president, but it also defies years of low job approval ratings for Biden and polls showing that most Americans — even a majority of Democrats – don’t want him to run again.
Williamson first ran for president in 2020 and made national headlines by calling for a “ moral uprising ” against then-President Donald Trump while proposing the creation of the Department of Peace. She also argued that the federal government should pay large financial reparations to Black Americans as atonement for centuries of slavery and discrimination.
Her second White House bid featured the same nontraditional campaigning style and many of the same policy proposals. But she struggled to raise money and was plagued by staff departures from her bid’s earliest stages.
She tweaked Biden, an avid Amtrak fan, by kicking off her campaign at Washington’s Union Station and campaigned especially hard in New Hampshire, hoping to capitalize on state Democrats’ frustration with the president.
That followed a new plan by the Democratic National Committee, championed by Biden, that reordered the party’s 2024 presidential primary calendar by leading off with South Carolina on Feb. 3.