Marianne Williamson Ends Second Presidential Bid After Nevada's Democratic Primary

The Democratic self-help author, who also ran for president in 2020, targeted her campaign toward progressive voters looking for a D.C. outsider

<p>Jamie McCarthy/Getty</p> Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson suspended her 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday after falling short in the early Democratic primary elections.

"I read a quote the other day that said sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too," the self-help author said in a video to supporters Wednesday. "And so today, even though it is time to suspend my campaign for the presidency, I do want to see the beauty and I want all of you who so incredibly supported me on this journey - as donors, as supporters, as team, and as volunteers - to see the beauty too."

"There is so much for us to take from this," Williamson continued. "And that includes knowing that we laid it down in ways that we should all be proud of."

Williamson, 71, earned 2.9% in Nevada on Tuesday with 83% of ballots counted, according to the Associated Press. Incumbent Joe Biden nabbed first place with 89.3% of the vote, while Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips was not on the ballot.

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Marianne Williamson
Emma McIntyre/Getty Marianne Williamson

Williamson formally launched her 2024 presidential campaign last March in Washington, D.C. She was the first major figure to challenge Biden, 81, in his bid for reelection.

Prior to her official announcement, she wrote on social media, “Since the election of 2016 it's odd for anyone to think they can know who can win the presidency. And I'm not putting myself through this again just to add to the conversation. I'm running for president to help bring an aberrational chapter of our history to a close, and to help bring forth a new beginning."

The Houston native advocated for “a new beginning” and beckoned voters to “look at the world in a different way.” Her platform appealed to left-wing voters with her progressive positions on issues like universal basic income and free public college, and campaign emails to supporters promised that a Williamson administration would bring "economic transformation."

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<p>Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty</p> Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson

Williamson previously ran for the Democratic Party nomination in the hotly contested 2020 presidential election, against candidates including Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Biden.

During her 2020 campaign, she garnered attention for her spiritual approach to her candidacy, stating that Donald Trump’s fear-mongering could only be defeated by harnessing “love.”

An author of 14 books, Williamson has also served as Oprah’s spiritual adviser, per The Guardian, and ran as an independent in the 2014 primary to represent California’s 33rd Congressional District. 

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