Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent Thursday away from the cameras and off the campaign trail with her family at home, just hours after announcing she would withdraw from the race.
“I know this isn’t the result that we wanted. We wanted to win this race. But it’s important to know when it’s not your time,” Gillibrand told supporters in a video posted to Twitter.
After failing to qualify for the September debate and pouring millions into a campaign that never took off, Kirsten Gillibrand pulled the plug on her presidential ambitions.
Political strategist Camille Rivera said Gillibrand's timing could help her make an impact in the future. She vowed to keep working to defeat President Donald Trump.
“She made a decision with her team that her message, while it was resonating, it wasn’t going far enough. I think she did well to pull out when she could,” Rivera said.
To mark the end, Gillibrand met with her staff at her home in Troy. Like she’d done many times on the trail, she closed out the race with a whiskey toast.
The crowded field of women senators made it difficult for Gillibrand to stand out. Reaction quickly poured in on social media –all of them touting Gillibrand’s work to move women’s issues to the top of the political agenda.
"She is focused on electing more women and also uniting the party, so her voice is going to be really prominent and I think she’s going to have a lot to say," Rivera said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also failed to qualify for the September debate, is barely registering in the polls and hurting for cash. He spent the day at the Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas.
“I love being here in Nevada," de Blasio said in a video posted to his Instagram account.
It was a stark contrast between the two New York politicians–Gillibrand, once considered a formidable contender–and de Blasio, who lacks support not just here at home, but also in the early caucus states.
In a message to supporters Thursday, de Blasio made a fundraising plea, blaming the end of summer for his campaign's lack of cash. Despite not qualifying for the September debate, de Blasio is already setting his sights on October, telling supporters his campaign is “pushing hard to qualify” for that debate stage.
De Blasio is scheduled to speak at an AFL-CIO labor conference in Vegas. He will then travel to Los Angeles for politics and recreation: the mayor is scheduled to appear on the left leaning “Pod Save America” podcast and catch a Red Sox game. He's scheduled back in the city on Saturday.