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The California senator and candidate for Democratic presidential candidacy Kamala Harris announced Tuesday her withdrawal from the race in the absence of "financial resources" to face the marathon American election campaign.

"To my followers, with great sadness, but also with great gratitude, I suspend my campaign today. But I want to be frank with you: I will continue to fight every day for what has been the basis of this campaign: Justice for the people. For all people, "he said in a message on his Twitter account.

"My campaign as president simply does not have the financial resources we need to continue. I am not a multimillionaire. I cannot finance my own campaign," Harris added, with unusual honesty.

The senator, daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, was a California attorney general before winning her seat in the US House of Representatives in 2016.

Harris, 54, broke into the battle for the Democratic candidacy as one of the big favorites but was losing momentum as the campaign progressed.

With his departure, the hard-fought Democratic contest is reduced, although he maintains heavyweights like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, representatives of the most left wing of the party.

For its part, the most centrist sector is led by former Vice President Joe Biden, along with the outgoing mayor of South Bend (Indiana), Pete Buttigieg, who has recently joined New York's billionaire ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The next debate of the candidates for the Democratic nomination will take place in Los Angeles on December 19.

The first true litmus test among applicants, however, will take place in early February, when the Democratic primary formally begins with the Iowa "caucuses."