It took a while, but the combination of constant disavowals of candidacy along with the emergence of at least two actual contestants willing to “keep Hillary honest” from the left has finally shut down the Draft Warren movement. Here’s the obituary from Politico‘s Gabriel Debenedetti:
After a half year of circulating petitions, staging rallies, opening offices in states with early presidential contests, and gathering 365,000 signatures, Run Warren Run is acknowledging what’s been clear to others for a while: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president.
And now, it’s closing up shop.
Run Warren Run, the effort jointly operated by the liberal groups Democracy for America and MoveOn, will shut down next Monday after delivering its final petition to Warren’s Senate office. Warren, the bank antagonist and liberal hero who has said from the start that she has no plans to run for president in a field that now includes Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, hasn’t budged.
Pollsters have finally stopped asking Democratic primary voters about Warren, and that’s probably helped HRC remain dominant in the more recent polls. At some point, perhaps they will also stop including Vice President Biden in the polls, since he’s shown no sign of running. Today’s new CNN/ORC survey still has Biden at 14%.