(PM) – On Thursday, Tulsi Gabbard announced that she will not seek re-election for her congressional seat in Hawaii’s 2nd district to focus on her 2020 Presidential campaign.
Gabbard announced the move in a six-minute video posted on her campaign site. Hawaii’s 2nd district covers Oahu, Maui County, Hawaii County, and Kauai County.
She stated the following:
“As president, I will immediately begin work to end the new Cold War and nuclear arms race, end our interventionist foreign policy of being the world’s police, toppling dictators and governments we don’t like, and redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people here at home. As such, I will not be seeking re-election to Congress in 2020, and humbly ask you for your support for my candidacy for President of the United States.”Tulsi Gabbard, Presidential Candidate
Gabbard is currently polling in the lower single digits and has not yet qualified for the November Democratic debates.
Gabbard was elected to Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 and won several re-election campaigns. Hawaii State Senator Kai Kahele already announced that she is running for Gabbard’s seat.