Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced on her presidential campaign website today that she will not seek reelection to Congress in 2020.
“Mahalo, Hawaii,” the message says on the Tulsi Gabbard for President website.
She also asks the people of Hawaii for their support for her candidacy for president of the United States.
“I believe I can best serve the people of Hawaii and our country as your President and Commander-in-Chief,” she writes on the website.
Gabbard had been facing state Sen. Kai Kahele for the Democratic nomination for her House seat representing Hawaii’s 2nd district.
“Since announcing her Presidential candidacy in January 2019, Congresswoman Gabbard has worked hard visiting towns and cities across the United States,” Kahele said in a statement. “This dedication, while worthy of admiration, meant that her congressional district was often left without a voice in Washington, D.C. I wholly respect and appreciate the Congresswoman’s decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives as she pursues the Presidency. I thank her for her service, and I wish her and her family the best going forward.”