Former Mayor of South Bend Indiana Pete Buttigieg announced that he was dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
Buttigieg made the announcement speaking to a crowd of supporters in his hometown of South Bend. He was introduced on stage by his husband who said: “I told Pete to run because I knew there were other kids sitting out there in this country who needed to believe in themselves too.
“It is time for every single person in this country to look to the White House and know that institution stands for them, that they belong in this country.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to share my husband with the rest of this country," he added.
Buttigieg then took the stage and thanked his supporters.
“By every conventional wisdom, by every historical measure, we were never supposed to get anywhere at all,” he said. “Along that way, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality.”
Buttigieg mentioned his win in the Iowa caucuses as a major milestone in his campaign.
“It proved that Americans are really hungry for a new kind of politics,” he said. “We found countless Americans ready to support a middle-class, millennial president from the industrial Midwest.
“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new, Democratic president come January,” he added.
Buttigieg’s decision to drop out of the race came the day after his disappointing fourth-place finish in the South Carolina primary, “where exit polls indicated he won the support of just 3% of the state's black voters” and just days before Super Tuesday, a key day for the Democratic race to take on Trump, as ‘Business Insider’ reports.
On Super Tuesday fourteen states will vote, by the end of which Bernie Sanders could have an unbeatable lead and be a step closer to the nomination.
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