Pete Buttigieg to Suspend Presidential Campaign - Who Gets Your Vote in 2020?
How do you feel about Buttigieg dropping out?
by Axios | 3.1.20
Pete Buttigieg will head back to South Bend, Indiana, on Sunday evening to suspend his 2020 presidential campaign, according to a campaign aide.
The big picture: The 38-year-old, gay, former small-town mayor ran a historic campaign and shocked the political world by surging to the top of the Democratic field and winning the Iowa caucuses in January. But his inability to gain traction with black voters, as exemplified by his poor showing in Saturday's South Carolina primary, called into question the long-term viability of his campaign.
- Buttigieg was third in the field in terms of pledged delegates, winning 26 across Iowa (14), New Hampshire (9) and Nevada (3). He did not finish above the necessary 15% threshold to win delegates in South Carolina.
Between the lines: It's not yet clear which candidate will benefit from Buttigieg's exit. He was widely perceived as sharing a moderate ideological lane with Joe Biden, the winner of the South Carolina primary, but a recent Morning Consult poll showed a tight race for second-choice among Buttigieg supporters.
- Bernie Sanders: 21%
- Joe Biden/Elizabeth Warren: 19%
- Michael Bloomberg: 17%
There is speculation that Buttigieg will make a formal endorsement now that he's out of the race. Buttigieg and Biden have "exchanged voicemails" today since the news broke of him dropping out, failing to reach each other on the phone, according to a Biden campaign aide.
- On the night of the Nevada caucuses, Buttigieg criticized Sanders — who came in first — for what he characterized as exclusionary politics.
- "I believe the best way to defeat Donald Trump ... is to broaden and galvanize the majority that supports us on critical issues," Buttigieg said. "Sen. Sanders believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans."
The bottom line: Buttigieg was the first openly gay major presidential candidate in U.S. history, and he'll be a player in Democratic politics for a long time to come. With Bernie Sanders threatening to run away with the nomination on Super Tuesday, the former mayor's exit could significantly shake up the dynamics of the race.
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