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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of 2020 race

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race on Wednesday, after she failed to qualify for the third round of debates by the Democratic National Committee's deadline.

Gillibrand, whose campaign largely focused on women and families, participated in the first two rounds of Democratic debates, but struggled to gain momentum as the qualifications ramped up. Several major polls released Wednesday showed Gillibrand with less than 1 percent support. She said she would endorse another candidate in the primary, but did not announce who.

"I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country," Gillibrand told The New York Times, "I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting." The senator recommitted to electing more women to Congress. Read more at The New York Times.