Pete Buttigieg announced March 1 that he has dropped out of the 2020 Presidential candidate race, according to The New York Times.
“The truth is that the path has narrowed to a close,” Buttigieg said (courtesy of The New York Times) for our candidacy if not for our cause.”
The first openly gay Presidential candidate, Buttigieg rose up in the race only to experience a defeat in the South Carolina primary election. According to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, some of the failure could be due to Buttigieg’s low numbers and standing in the black community.
According to the New York Times, Buttigieg previously spoke with former president, Barack Obama, Sunday night. He stated his decision to drop out of the 2020 presidential race was what he felt was the right thing to do. He also stated that the leadership necessary for the country is the kind that would unite the nation.
“We need leadership to heal a divided nation,” Buttigieg said. “Not drive us further apart. We need a broad-based agenda to truly deliver for the American people, not one that gets lost in ideology.”
The New York Times implied that this particular statement might have been referencing candidate Bernie Sanders, who has been previously criticized for his more progressive stance on matters such as healthcare, the economy, and taxes.
Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar, the latter of which dropped out of the President race Monday have endorsed former fellow democratic candidate Joe Biden. These events came prior to Super Tuesday, which is when the greatest number of states hold their primary elections.
According to a poll released by NPR, Biden and Sanders appear to be the top runners after Tuesday’s election results, with Biden ahead of Sanders. According to the New York Times, Buttigieg stated that Biden can “restore the soul” of the country as president.