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Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the presidential race.

The 52-year-old, New York senator announced her decision Wednesday on Twitter as her campaign, which once looked to ride strong #MeToo credentials, was plagued by low polling and fundraising struggles.

She had failed to meet thresholds for required numbers of donors and polling to qualify for the September debate in Houston.

Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. She was vocal on curbing sexual harassment and promoting equal pay for women and family leave, making those and defending abortion rights the core of her presidential bid.

Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom Sherman
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., participates in a mental health roundtable discussion with State Senator Tom Sherman, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

But Gillibrand also was the first Senate Democrat to call for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s resignation and says that alienated donors and some voters.

President Trump took to Twitter to respond to the announcement saying, “A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!”

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