2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out

Democratic presidential candidates shared supportive messages for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Calif.) Tuesday after she dropped her White House bid.

The presidential hopefuls thanked Harris for her friendship and leadership throughout the 2020 campaign.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-N.J.) shared moments with Harris on the campaign trail, tweeting support for his “dear friend.”

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“My dear friend @KamalaHarris is a trailblazer. I've loved serving with her in the Senate and every moment we've run into one another on the trail. Her campaign broke barriers and did it with joy. Love you, sister,” Booker tweeted.

Another of Harris’s Senate colleagues, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Minn.), said the campaign only brought her and Harris closer together.

“Kamala is a good friend and incredibly strong public servant. Sometimes campaigns can tear friendships apart but we have grown closer. Her good work will continue,” Klobuchar tweeted.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.) thanked Harris for running a “spirited and issue-oriented campaign” and said he looks forward to working with her to “defeat the most dangerous president in history and ending the hatred and divisiveness that he has created.”

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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Dozens of Virginia counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries' after Democrats win state legislature Bloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist MORE, a billionaire who is self-financing his presidential campaign, said Harris brought “important ideas and perspective to the race.” 

“And we will especially need her leadership and commitment to justice in the Senate as Congress weighs impeachment,” he added.

Harris seemingly took a swipe at Bloomberg, a late entry to the field of Democratic candidates, when she announced the end of her campaign. 

“I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete,” Harris wrote to supporters.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-Mass.) also seemed to call out Bloomberg in her tweet of support for Harris on Tuesday.

“Kamala is right—our system is deeply broken when billionaires can buy their way in. I'll fight with you to make sure our government works for all of us,” Warren tweeted. She also thanked Harris for her for her commitment to “fighting for the people, for justice, and to holding Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE accountable.

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events MORE also shared support for Harris as a friend and “fierce advocate for equality.” 

“As a fierce advocate for equality, Sen. @KamalaHarris has been and continues to be a force in and beyond California. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I know her work on behalf of the American people is just getting started,” Steyer tweeted.

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Senators want FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates MORE (D-Colo.) said Harris’s “leadership is critical,” while adding that he is “grateful for her voice in this race.”

Former Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Krystal Ball: New Biden ad is everything that's wrong with Democrats Steve Bullock exits: Will conservative Democrats follow? MORE (D-Mass.), a late entry into the race, said the party and nation "are better" based on Harris’s talent and dedication, tweeting, "I look forward to working with her in the years ahead."

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also thanked Harris for her friendship and candidacy.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Buttigieg: 'Break that NDA' to have 'moral authority' against Trump Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D) thanked Harris for her “leadership and courage,” tweeting, "I know she will continue to fight fearlessly on behalf of the American people—and our democracy."

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE, who is on an eight-day bus tour across Iowa, told a reporter he has “mixed feelings” about Harris dropping out.

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“She is a first rate intellect, a first rate candidate and a real competitor. I have mixed emotions about it because she is really a solid solid person and loaded with talent,” Biden said, according to ABC News reporter Molly Nagle.

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events MORE said he was “stunned” to see Harris drop out. He called her one of his “favorite people to share time with on the trail.”

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“So warm, smart, fiery and a true public servant,” Yang tweeted. “She offered my family help and guidance when she didn’t need to. Kamala I will see you soon.”

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage MORE (D), who feuded with Harris on the debate stage, sent her “best wishes” to Harris, the senator's family and the campaign's supporters.

“While we disagree on some issues, we agree on others & I respect her sincere desire to serve the American people. I look forward to working together on the challenges we face as a nation,” Gabbard tweeted.

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDelaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out MORE (D-Md.), a long-shot candidate, called Harris "one of the truly great leaders in the Democratic Party."

"@KamalaHarris is one of the truly great leaders in the Democratic Party. Her campaign slogan 'For the People perfectly embodies what public service is all about. April and I very much enjoyed the opportunity to get to know @KamalaHarris and @douglasemhoff on the trail," he tweeted.

Harris launched her 2020 bid as a leading candidate, showing promise when she took Biden to task during the early Democratic debates. In recent months, however, her campaign has endured declining polling numbers, staff turmoil and a lack of funds.

With Harris's departure, there are now 15 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

Updated at 4:55 p.m.