Marianne Williamson, the self-help author who has argued that the United States needs to have “a moral and spiritual awakening,” has ended her long-shot presidential campaign, she said Friday.
Williamson had laid off her entire national staff in late December, but insisted last week she would remain in the race. In an email to supporters Friday, however, she said it would be difficult “to elevate our conversation any more than it is now” with caucuses and primaries about to begin.
“I ran for president to help forge another direction for our country. I wanted to discuss things I felt needed to be discussed that otherwise were not. I feel that we have done that,” she wrote to supporters on her website.
In her farewell to supporters, Williamson cited a recognition that she would not, on the eve of early state caucuses and primaries, be able to garner enough votes to move forward and that she didn’t want her presence to hamper progressive candidates.
“These are not times to despair; they are simply times to rise up,” she said in conclusion. “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.”