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Marianne Williamson suspends her presidential campaign

12 January 2020

"I stayed in the race to take advantage of all possible opportunities to share our message", Williamson wrote to the fans.

Ms. Williamson qualified for the first few Democratic debates past year, but struggled since then to attract attention and fundraising for her campaign.

Williamson won admirers if not voters with a spirituality-focused campaign that promoted a politics of love and of conscience. In the third quarter of 2019, her cash flow slowed to a trickle, amounting to approximately $3 million versus the eight-figure hauls brought in by top-tier candidates like Bernie Sanders ($25.3 million) and Elizabeth Warren ($24.6 million).

The spiritual guru posted an announcement on her website titled "With Love and Gratitude".

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Additionally, Williamson - who had a garnered attention on the sheer basis of the peculiarity of her candidacy - acknowledged she likely wouldn't the support in the upcoming primary contests to challenge President Trump in the general election.

In a Facebook statement, Williamson said she was suspending her campaign because she would not be able to get enough votes to (quote) "elevate our conversation any more than it is now".

"Whichever one of you wins the nomination, I will be there with all my energy and in full support".

But those debates required a polling threshold of only 1 percent and a donor threshold of only 65,000 unique contributors - relatively achievable goals.

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"I ran for president to help forge another direction for our country", Williamson said on social media and in a message to her supporters.

Still, it was hard to disagree with Williamson when she was on one. There are now three major presidential candidates from the Republican party, including the current President Donald Trump, and 13 candidates from the Democratic party. But as she grew a bit in stature, qualifying for several debates, advocacy groups began to point out her anti-vax stance, and her negative views on modern medicine, considering her more of a danger than the lark people were treating her as.

Williamson did not talk like a politician.

Ultimately, it was harder than Williamson probably expected to get, as she once quipped, "everyone who has a yoga mat" to vote for her.

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Marianne Williamson suspends her presidential campaign