Candidates drop out, coalesce around Biden in move to stop Sanders
Updated: Mar 10, 2020
Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar have both dropped out of the running for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party and may endorse former Vice President Joe Biden after his recent South Carolina primary win.
Buttigieg dropped out over the weekend after his campaign saw no viable path to the presidency. Klobuchar dropped out on Monday despite telling voters just days ago that she would be fighting through Super Tuesday contests.
Their exits leave just five Democrats remaining in the race: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, and Tulsi Gabbard.
Klobuchar will endorse Biden immediately following her exit from the race, while Buttigieg said he needed to "sleep on it" after speaking with Biden and former President Barack Obama on the phone.
Buttigieg has repeatedly criticized Bernie Sanders as too extreme a candidate to win in a general election. Following his exit from the race, Buttigieg said he was concerned about the impact he would have on the race by staying in, saying Democrats needed to elect “the right kind of nominee” to run against President Donald Trump in November, potentially suggesting that he will endorse Biden in the future.
Klobuchar battled against Sanders multiple times on the debate stage, particularly over Sanders' support for "Medicare For All" and the effects his bill would have in eliminating private health insurance entirely.
14 U.S. states will vote on Super Tuesday, including delegate-rich states California and Texas.
Update: Buttigieg will reportedly endorse Biden at a Dallas, Texas rally alongside Klobuchar.