Democratic presidential nominee Marianne Williamson, spiritual guru and bestselling author, ended her campaign on Friday weeks before the poll began, saying she didn't want it to be any more hard if progress won.
Around the first of the year, Williamson laid off her entire staff, though she hadn't indicated she would end her campaign.
Williamson, 67, who has always polled the bottom of the Democratic pack of potential candidates, said that she "stayed in the running to take advantage of all possible efforts to share our message", but that it has become clear that 'she will have enough votes to get the 2020 nomination.
Williamson pledged to fully support the Democratic nominee. "I feel that we have done that", said Williamson, who campaigned against trickle down economics and wanted to create a Departments of Peace and Children and Youth, invest in African American communities and combat climate change. "The primaries could be closely contested among the best candidates, and I don't want to prevent a progressive candidate from winning one of them". I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma.
Williamson faced scrutiny over past controversial comments about vaccines and mental health, including in a contentious interview on CNN where she was challenged by Anderson Cooper over past comments criticizing the prescribing of antidepressants, which she later attempted to take back.
Her sign off on Friday mirrored her campaign message: "A politics of conscience is still yet possible".
She has languished with a national polling average of less than 1 percent all cycle long, and only one debate-qualifying pollster (Monmouth University) ever found her above 1 percent. "And yes....love will prevail", Williamson wrote in her statement. Despite penning 13 books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, she came into the race with little political name recognition compared to her competitors.