- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, has made the race for her party’s presidential nomination “older and whiter” by dropping out Tuesday, CNN personalities said afterward.

Reacting to Ms. Harris withdrawing from the 2020 race, CNN senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny noted the current group of Democratic contenders is not as diverse as before.

“We’re going to be ending the year with a lot of older candidates, several white candidates,” said Mr. Zeleny. “So this is something that, certainly, the field is not ending in as much of a diverse fashion as it started in.”

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“That was a really interesting point there at the end Jeff made,” reacted CNN anchor Brianna Keilar. “This becomes an older and whiter field for the top-tier candidates.”

Ms. Harris, 55, announced earlier Tuesday that she will no longer be seeking the Democratic nomination to run next year against President Trump, effectively making Sen. Cory Booker, 50, of New Jersey and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, 63, the only two black candidates currently in the race for the party’s nod.

Neither is doing particularly well in the polls, however, with virtually all placing them well behind Democratic front-runners former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont Independent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat – white candidates with an average age of 75.

Mediaite first reported about the exchange on CNN.

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