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Kamala Harris drops out of the Democratic Presidential Nomination

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California Sen. Kamala Harris has announced that she has decided to withdraw her candidature from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. This decision comes after she failed to capitalize on early enthusiasm for her campaign and watched her poll numbers collapse subsequently. An aide said Harris informed staff Tuesday she is ending her White House bid.

In an email to all her supporters she has mentioned that she can’t tell her supporters and volunteers to go on in good faith that there is a path forward (to win) when she does not believe she does. She deeply regrets her suspension of the campaign she wrote but there is no path forward she said. Harris also thanked the supporters and said she feels immense gratitude towards them.

Harris had entered the race in January as a top contender. She had a breakout moment in the first debate thanks to a memorable clash with then-front runner Joe Biden over his record on desegregation busing. Biden, who is right now campaigning in Iowa, said that he has mixed emotions of Harris’s decision as “she is really a solid, solid person and loaded with talent.”

Harris has struggled to shine through in subsequent debates after her breakout moment and has seen her poll numbers plunge in recent months. In November she dramatically cut her staff in New Hampshire (the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House) to focus on Iowa. The campaign was hemorrhaging money, spending more than what was coming in. She has now become one of the biggest candidates yet to drop out of the crowded 2020 primary field. Her exit follows the withdrawal of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, another Democrat who entered the race to great fanfare but later struggled.

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5 Things to do in Maryland

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The East Coast of the US has a lot to offer, and although might not be top of the list for everyone, there are so many reasons why you should visit Maryland. Head to Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore – explore the harbour, or visit the beach to experience the excitement of the amusements. Immerse yourself in history with the range of museums and monuments that Maryland has to offer. Here are the top 5 things that you can do when visiting Maryland. 

1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

If you’re a sports fan heading to Maryland, visiting Camden Yards is a must. Home to the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards was opened in 1992, it’s a retro-style park and it has been from the day it was built! If you’re planning on visiting this old-school stadium, you’ll be headed right into the heart of Baltimore’s inner harbour, with a huge variety of things to see and do, experiencing an Oriole’s game means you can experience this quaint park, as well the stunning harbour surroundings. Soon, you’ll be able to place moneyline bets online in Maryland, so you can add a whole new level of excitement to your favourite baseball games. 

2. Ocean City Boardwalk 

Baltimore’s boardwalk is one of the best in the country, so if you’re looking for things to do in Maryland, this should be top of your list! The boardwalk itself dates to 1902, but it is still one of the most exciting places to visit this day. Situated right on the beach, there’s an abundance of fun to be had here, and a lot of the time, the activities are free! 

Morning or night, you can guarantee there is always something to see and do. You can head to the amusements, with arcades that are fun for the whole family, or if you’re more of a thrill-seeker, ride the rollercoaster or take in the stunning views from the top of the Ferris wheel. If you’re hungry, you’ll want to try Maryland’s famous crab cakes or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, the saltwater taffy or hot funnel cakes might be more your style. The boardwalk has something for everyone, shops, amusements, and food – not to mention the beach! 

3. Maryland Science centre

A trip to Maryland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Maryland science centre. Fun for both kids and adults, you can immerse yourselves in all things science. With three levels of exhibits, you can delve into learning more about astrology, palaeontology, physics and how the human body works. One of the most stunning attractions at the science centre is the rooftop observatory that allows you to explore the night sky. The planetarium is also not to be missed – an Imax theatre which features films on all things from space to butterflies. 

4. Fort McHenry 

Fort McHenry is well worth a visit for history experts and novices alike. This fort was built to defend Baltimore Harbour from a British attack in 1814. It has since then been named a ‘National Monument and Historic Shrine’. The Fort is open to visitors and is a must-see. When visiting you can choose one of the many tours to ensure you get the most from your time here, you can choose to pay for entry, or just take it all from a walk along the path near the bay. 

The visitor centre itself has artefacts and information, as well as a 10-minute film on the fort’s history that is not to be missed. Make sure you walk around the fort before you enter the grounds, and you’ll get to see canons that were used in World War 2.  

5. Baltimore National Aquarium 

The National Aquarium is considered one of the best in the Nation – so when planning your trip to Maryland, set aside some time to explore the thousands of animals it has to offer. The aquarium is situated in the Inner Harbour, so is easily accessible. Here, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the rainforest and more! This aquarium has it all – watch the sharks circle, the various species of birds take flight and watch the crocodiles snap. When visiting, you can choose a guided tour or just take your time, soaking up all that this attraction has to offer. 

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