A grassroots organization set up to encourage U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) to run for president will disband, the group’s spokespeople said Tuesday.
The groups involved in the “Run Warren Run” effort — Democracy for America and MoveOn.org — said Tuesday that they will suspend their campaign next Monday and deliver more than 365,000 signatures to Warren on a petition that urged her to run.
In statements, the groups joined in the effort touted their successes — not in ultimately encouraging her to enter her name into the race, but in bringing many of her ideas to the table.
They said those ideas and themes would continue to resonate in the Democratic primary, where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sole legitimate challengers — for now — will be former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont running on the Democratic ticket.
“The Run Warren Run campaign has changed the conversation by showing that Americans are hungry for Elizabeth Warren’s agenda—an agenda that rejects the rigged status quo in Washington and puts working and middle-class Americans over corporate interests,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action.
“We’ve assembled a grassroots army and demonstrated the substantial support Sen. Warren could expect if she were to enter the race. Now it’s time to suspend our active draft efforts and pivot to standing alongside Sen. Warren on the big fights ahead.”
Those big fights, Sheyman said, start with the battle over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade deal the U.S. is currently negotiating with 11 other nations. Warren has led the effort against that deal and caused seeping tension within the Democratic Party — President Barack Obama has accused her of being less than forthright about the deal.
As the draft-Warren effort took shape, Warren repeatedly insisted that she would not running for president, even going so far recently as to clarify her position in multiple tenses.
Undeterred, the “Run Warren Run” campaign set up offices in both Iowa and New Hampshire. It held more than 400 events. Democracy for America and MoveOn picked up a third group in Clinton’s home state — the Working Families Party — to join the effort. The Boston Globe, among other influential publications, even went so far as to press Warren to run.
In the end, a Warren run wasn’t to be. But the groups are not ready to fully give up just yet. Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for America, left a sliver of hope in his statement on Tuesday.
“We still think there’s plenty of time for Sen. Warren to change her mind,” he said. “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.”
Brett LoGiurato is the senior national political correspondent at Fusion, where he covers all things 2016. He'll give you everything you need to know about politics, with a healthy side of puns.