Marianne Williamson has dropped her presidential gambit: Here’s what happened.

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Marianne Williamson only made it into two debates but garnered an enormous internet following afterward.

Owen Phillips

Lifestyle writer Marianne Williamson announced last Friday that she was dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president. 

 

Williamson announced that she was withdrawing her candidacy in an open letter to her supporters explaining that she felt it was time for her to step aside and make way for her more viable opponents.

 

Soon after her announcement, Senator Cory Booker declared the suspension of his own campaign after failing to qualify for the past two debates for Democratic hopefuls and being unable to make any significant progress in the polls.

 

With Williamson and Booker’s departure, the Democratic candidate field remains historically large with 12 people still in the running for the nomination.

 

Williamson had largely gone ignored by the media for the early half of her campaign, seen by most as not a serious candidate and ridiculed for her lack of experience in any form of government position. 

 

As a result, her campaign didn’t gain real traction until her debate debut in June, where she garnered lots of attention for her outrageous answers about policy and social issues and her bizarre remarks about “dark psychic forces” and challenging the PM of New Zealand’s claims about improvements being made for children in her country.

 

Williamson’s second debate performance was highly anticipated by supporters and naysayers alike, and certainly did not disappoint, providing the internet with a slew of fresh memes based on her unorthodox behavior which became her brand.

 

That would, unfortunately, spell the end of Williamson’s debate appearances as she failed to qualify not for funding, but for polling numbers, as she rode a steady climb from 0.6% to a solid 1.8% at the end of her campaign.

 

Williamson slipped from the eye of the media as she failed to appear in debates and to garner a concerted interest in polls, but remained popular in niche followings, primarily with first-time voters, African-Americans and queer voters. 

 

Her social media presence made her especially popular with young voters, granting her more notoriety than she would have received just from media attention.

 

She had considerable popularity with African-American voters due to her policy on reparations for the descendants of slaves as a part of her plan to heal the racial divide in America.

 

Her popularity with the queer community came from a long-standing alliance that sprouted from her charity work during the HIV/AIDS crisis that disproportionally affected the queer community in the ’80s and a new generation of followers that have come up with her as a household figure.

 

No matter what demographic is being examined, these groups of very vocal supporters only represent a very small portion of the voters, a fact that Williamson herself was very aware of.

 

In her letter announcing the end of her campaign, Williamson acknowledges that her platform’s growth has plateaued. 

 

“I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible opportunity to share our message. With caucuses and primaries now about to begin, however, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now.”

 

Williamson has not been embittered by her time in politics but rather encourages her supporters to continue in the fight for their beliefs. 

 

“Finally, these are not times to despair; they are simply times to rise up. Things are changing swiftly and dramatically in this country, and I have faith that something is awakening among us. A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes….love will prevail.”