Self-help author and activist Marianne Williamson has dropped out of the race to be the next U.S. president, after running a longshot campaign advocating an "agenda for peace" and a "spiritual awakening" for America. "As the caucuses and primaries are about to begin, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the elections to raise our conversation more than it now is".
She was a long shot to win the nomination, but the faithful following for her spiritual guidance books helped her qualify for early debates in the crowded Democratic contest.
In October, Williamson failed to qualify for the OH democratic debate, responding in a Washington Post editorial that the debate "contained no magic".
Around the first of the year, Williamson laid off her entire staff, though she hadn't indicated she would end her campaign. Williamson has barely registered in the polls and struggled in fundraising since launching her bid for president last January.
"Nothing short of that is adequate to fundamentally change the patterns of our political dysfunction", Williamson told CNN's John Berman at the time.
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Looks like the White House won't get a much-needed sage-burning cleanse that Marianne Williamson likely would have implemented on Day One as President of the United States.
Williamson said in her statement that her run left her "more convinced than ever that we're a good and decent people".
In summer 2019, she announced she was moving to Des Moines, Iowa.
Williamson, who took controversial positions on immunization and other health issues, became a leading candidate on Twitter in the second debate - when she warned that Trump was bringing "this dark psychic force of collective hatred" " in the country.
She chided her Democratic foes for rolling out policy proposal after policy proposal, saying she instead preferred to focus on ideas.