Marianne Williamson declared the end of her Democratic presidential campaign on Wednesday night, sharing the decision through a video on social media.
In the announcement, the 71-year-old author expressed gratitude for the efforts made during the campaign, acknowledging the attempt to bring light to challenging times. Her decision to suspend the campaign followed a significant defeat by President Biden in the Nevada Democratic primary.
Williamson, alongside Rep. Dean Phillips, initiated unconventional bids last year to challenge President Biden’s re-election. While Williamson has decided to step back, Phillips remains in the race.
In response to Williamson’s decision, Phillips praised her as a woman of courage, strength, and compassion, expressing honor for running alongside her and vowing to carry forward their shared principles.
The unique dynamics of the Democratic primary became evident when, despite President Biden refusing to participate in debates, Williamson and Phillips engaged in a debate on January 8 in New Hampshire.
The absence of President Biden from the New Hampshire Democratic primary ballot was compensated by a successful write-in effort, securing him a victory and essentially concluding the challenges posed by Williamson and Phillips.
Williamson, known for her participation in the 2020 Democratic primary, faced challenges in the current campaign cycle. Before her decision to suspend the campaign, she had to let go of her entire staff due to struggles in meeting fundraising and polling thresholds, with exceptions only for the first debate.
In this campaign cycle, she faced organizational challenges, going through three different campaign managers in a relatively short period. Carlos Cardona, her most recent campaign manager, departed from her campaign the day after the New Hampshire primary.