Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on Thursday pulled the plug on her presidential campaign, ending a bid that failed to gain traction in what had once been a crowded 2020 Democratic field.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on Thursday pulled the plug on her presidential campaign, ending a bid that failed to gain traction in what had once been a crowded 2020 Democratic field.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on Thursday pulled the plug on her presidential campaign, ending a bid that failed to gain traction in what had once been a crowded 2020 Democratic field.
Ms. Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, had run on a staunchly anti-interventionist platform and consistently warned against the destabilizing effects of U.S. military involvement in the Middle East.
She won two delegates based on her performance in the American Samoa caucuses, but in recent contests was finishing behind candidates who had already suspended their campaigns.
She drew significant attention for lobbing bombs at her party, as she also criticized the Democratic National Committee and the metrics the DNC used to determine which candidates qualified for the debate stages.
She has irked Democrats with such criticisms, as well as with her quizzical relationship with leaders like Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Ms. Gabbard also sued former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this year, saying Mrs. Clinton defamed her by calling her a “Russian asset” in a podcast interview last year.
In a court filing last week, Mrs. Clinton’s legal team moved to dismiss the case and implied Ms. Gabbard was doing it for publicity.
“This lawsuit—which seeks $100 million in damages for a single passing remark made by Secretary Clinton in a 40-minute podcast interview about the 2020 election—is an effort by Rep. Gabbard to silence her political critics while making political headlines,” they said.
Ms. Gabbard’s exit means that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont are the only two major Democratic contenders still actively seeking the nomination.
Ms. Gabbard endorsed Mr. Biden while announcing the end to her presidential bid.
Mr. Biden is on the precipice of putting Mr. Sanders away after racking up comfortable wins in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona this week.
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