Politics & Policy

Draft Elizabeth Warren Group to Shut Down

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On Tuesday, Run Warren Run announced that it will disband June 8. The group launched in December 2014 as a joint effort between MoveOn.org Political Action and Democracy for America to draft Warren into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Although Warren has vigorously and repeatedly denied any plan to run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, the group spent more than $1 million over the past six months in an effort to convince her to enter the race.

According to a post regarding Run Warren Run’s pending dissolution on MoveOn.org, the group secured more than 365,000 signatures on a petition urging Warren to run, opened three field offices in Iowa and New Hampshire, held over 400 events, and recruited the support both of big-name politicians and celebrities.

The group spent more than $1 million over the past six months in an effort to convince her to enter the race.

The MoveOn.org post, which was accompanied by a similar article in Politico, explained the group’s decision to disband so early in the 2016 cycle.

“The Run Warren Run campaign has changed the conversation by showing that Americans are hungry for Elizabeth Warren’s agenda,” said executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, Ilya Sheyman. “We’ve assembled a grassroots army and demonstrated the substantial support Senator Warren could expect if she were to enter the race.”

#related#“We still think there’s plenty of time for Senator Warren to change her mind, but now that we’ve shown that she has the support she would need to mount a winning a campaign, we’re excited to take the grassroots juggernaut we’ve built with our members and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Warren in the battles ahead,” said Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain.

Though it’s true that Warren still has plenty of time to change her mind and enter the race, at this point most observers believe she is highly unlikely to do so. And while the Democratic field for 2016 is much smaller than the GOP field, Run Warren Run supporters will still have several other options to choose from as the primaries progress, including former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and current Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

— Julia Porterfield is an intern at National Review, editor-in-chief of Red Millennial, and a junior at Regent University.

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