The liberal senator was dogged by questions about whether a woman could be elected president. Polls on matchups with Trump in battleground states didn’t help.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that she is suspending her presidential campaign, a bitter blow for a senator who was long seen by prominent Democrats as headed for the White House.
Warren said she would not be making an endorsement of another candidate right away.
“I will not be running for president in 2020, but I guarantee I will stay in the fight,” Warren told reporters and supporters outside her Cambridge, Mass., home.
In emotional remarks, Warren reflected on the role that sexism might have played in the campaign, saying, “One of the hardest parts of this is all those big promises and all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years.”
The Massachusetts Democrat initially announced her decision to leave the race on a call with staff Thursday morning in which she expressed disappointment, but thanked them “from the bottom of my heart” for what they were able to accomplish.
“What we have done — and the ideas we have launched into the world, the way we have fought this fight, the relationships we have built — will carry through, carry through for the rest of this election, and the one after that, and the one after that,” Warren said, according to a transcript of the call provided by her campaign.