As “Super Tuesday” Looms, Candidates Make Surprise Exits

By Terrance Turner

On Saturday night, former Vice President Joe Biden convincingly won the South Carolina primary. Just as CNN was updating its coverage with 86% of the votes counted, Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer made a surprising announcement. Steyer dropped out of the race after placing a disappointing sixth place in the primary.

“I said that if I didn’t see a path to winning that I would suspend my campaign and honestly, I don’t see a path where I can win the presidency,” Steyer said at an event in Columbia, South Carolina. According to Yahoo! News, Steyer said that “of course” he would support the eventual nominee because “they’re all a million times better than Trump.”

I had just returned home from a family friend’s house when I learned that former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was dropping out of the race. On March 1, 2020, Buttigieg ended his historic campaign.

In a speech to supporters in South Bend, Buttigieg said that he had operated his campaign on values such as respect, belonging. Truth. Teamwork. Boldness…every decision we mad ewas guided nby these values. One of these values is truth, and today is a moment of truth. After a year of going everywhere, meeting everyone, defying every expectation, seeking every vote, the truth is that the path has narrowed to a close — for our candidacy, if not for our cause,” he said. “Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values. And so we must recognize that at this point in the race, the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our country together. So tonight, I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency. 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.”

This afternoon, news broke that Sen. Amy Klobuchar is also stepping aside. Though she has not yet made a public statement, Klobuchar is expected to be interviewed on the “Today” show tomorrow. According to the New York Times, Klobuchar’s decision took many by surprise, including her team:

Ms. Klobuchar began discussing a possible end with her campaign manager, Justin Buoen, on Sunday morning. But the candidate arrived at her final decision on Monday morning, catching some staff members by surprise as they were still making plans for campaign events later this week, and as her ad team was still making future reservations. Her rally in Salt Lake City on Monday morning carried no indication that she had any intention of dropping out of the race.

From “Amy Klobuchar Drops Out of Presidential Race and Plans to Endorse Biden”, March 1, 2020

Klobuchar will endorse Vice President Joe Biden at his rally tonight in Dallas. Buttigieg will join her in that endorsement, according to the Times. There are also multiple reports confirming that former presidential contender Beto O’Rourke will also be at that Dallas rally to endorse Biden.

And now this, courtesy of political reporter Jennifer Epstein:

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