Another candidate has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate.
State Sen. Angela Williams announced Wednesday that she was suspending her campaign, blaming some elements of the party for turning their backs on female candidates.
"Unfortunately, even now, as female candidates enjoy a historic level of support from voters, there are still elements of the Democratic Party seeking to promote male candidates at the expense of talented and smart progressive women," Williams wrote on her Facebook page. "Fighting to give women, people of color, and the underserved a voice isn't always easy, especially when faced with strong headwinds from Washington, D.C."
Instead of running for the U.S. Senate, Williams said she will be filing her paperwork to seek re-election to her state Senate seat, which represents a portion of Denver.
Only one other candidate, Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver, has thrown his hat into the ring for that seat, creating his campaign finance account earlier this month.
Williams, 55, served four years in the Colorado House before being elected to the Senate in 2016. Currently, she serves as chairwoman of the Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee.
Her departure marks the latest in a string of high-profile Democrats to leave the race since former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper entered it in August.
Since that time, former state Sen. Michael Johnston, former House Majority Leader Alice Madden, former U.S. Attorney John Walsh, and Dan Baer, a former ambassador under President Obama, have left the race.
Williams' departure still leaves seven candidates in the race, including Hickenlooper and former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The other five are women.
During her five-month campaign, Williams struggled with raising money, pulling in only about $108,000. That compared to Hickenlooper's $2.1 million, and Romanoff's $1.5 million.
Like Romanoff, Williams took a parting shot at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for throwing its support behind Hickenlooper, who ended a fledgling bid for president before entering the bid to challenge GOP U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in next year's general election.
"I'm heartened to see so many female candidates still in this race," Williams said. "As you know, Colorado has never sent a woman to the United States Senate. And Colorado has never sent a woman of color to Washington. I remain firm in my belief that that needs to change."
On Twitter, both Romanoff and Hickenlooper wished Williams well on her way out.
"She brought a unique voice, a wealth of experience & a deep commitment to improving the lives of Coloradans," Romanoff wrote.
"Sen. Angela Williams has fought fiercely to move Colorado forward," Hickenlooper added. "She's been a steadfast advocate for small businesses, women, and people of color in our state."