Congresswoman and Hillary Clinton nemesis Tulsi Gabbard announced earlier today that she would not run for re-election to represent Hawaii’s 2nd District.
The four-term lawmaker’s surprise announcement confirms she’s fully committed to the race for the White House.
I’m fully committed to my offer to serve you, the people of Hawaii & America, as your President & Commander-in-Chief. So I will not be seeking reelection to Congress in 2020. I humbly ask for your support for my candidacy for President of the United States https://t.co/cNcjSNSoZl
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 25, 2019
Mediaite’s Reed Richardson reports:
Gabbard has struggled to break through in a crowded primary field. She is currently polling at just 1.3% nationally according to RealClearPolitics and she failed to qualify for the most recent Democratic primary debate earlier this month. In addition, she has only gotten one qualifying poll, out of the four needed, to qualify for the next 2020 debate in November.
Gabbard represents Hawaii’s solidly blue 2nd Congressional District — which she won by more than 50 points in 2018 — so her retirement from Congress should not affect the 2020 race for House majority.
Gabbard’s campaign became frontpage news earlier this week after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implied, without evidence, her fellow Democrat was a Russian asset.