At times, Ms. Warren’s campaign did not reflect the urgency of a candidacy trying to make history and promote a program of systemic upheaval that included government-run health care, free public college, student debt cancellation, breaking up Big Tech, universal child care, and tax increases on the wealthy.
But after weak finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Ms. Warren charged into the February debate planning to confront Mr. Bloomberg in his first appearance onstage. In Mr. Bloomberg, she found a rare rival she seemed truly comfortable attacking, a walking embodiment of the influence of money she rails against.
She slashed. He stumbled. Mr. Bloomberg would never recover. Ms. Warren’s donations surged, but her vote count did not.
She would bend a principled stand that week as well, declining to disavow a new super PAC that would air nearly $15 million in pro-Warren advertising, saying she did not want to unilaterally disarm. The irony was not lost on her opponents: The anti-big money candidate wound up with the biggest super PAC in the race to date.
In recent days, Ms. Warren had taken to speaking to voters directly about their electability fears, imploring them to tune out pundits and vote their conscience.
“Here’s my advice: Cast a vote that will make you proud,” she said Tuesday in Detroit.
In speeches over the course of her campaign, Ms. Warren sought to elevate the stories of women, often women of color. Her final major address, in East Los Angeles on Monday, was devoted to Latina janitors who organized for better working conditions.
Aimee Allison, the founder and president of She The People, a political advocacy organization for women of color, praised Ms. Warren for her campaign’s intentional inclusivity. “She really comes up as the first white candidate for president who had an intersectional politics,” she said.