Its been one hell of a week for the Democrats. Not one but three have dropped out of the election race. Tom Steyer was first followed by Pete Buttigieg, then Amy Klobuchar.
According to Fox News:
Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential campaign on Sunday, in an abrupt and surprising pullout that further narrows the field of Democrats less than a month after he declared victory in the contested Iowa caucuses.
"I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January," Buttigieg told a throng of enthusiastic and emotional supporters in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday night, in a speech marked by an upbeat and forward-looking timbre.
"We sent a message to every kid out there wondering if whatever marks them out as different means they are destined to be less than," he continued amid chants of "USA!" and other cheers. "To see someone who once felt that exact same way can become a leading presidential candidate with his husband at his side."
Buttigieg's husband Chasten introduced the candidate by remarking through tears that "Pete got me to believe in myself again. ... I told Pete to run because I knew there were other kids that needed to believe in themselves, too."
Buttigieg had been scheduled to headline a rally in Dallas on Sunday night. The charter plane was rerouted.
Buttigieg's withdrawal comes just days before 14 states are set to head to the polls on Super Tuesday, where one-third of all delegates for the nomination will be at stake. His exit likely will harm frontrunner Bernie Sanders by providing a coalescing boost to more moderate candidates, as Buttigieg had gone on the offensive against the Vermont senator and sought to appeal to the centrist base of the party. Many early votes have already been cast, however.
Pete Buttigieg is OUT. All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play - NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020
Buttigieg dropping out is harmful to Sanders in 2 ways. Per the economist, relatively few Buttigieg voters were also considering Bernie. But, his voters will now help Biden, Warren and Bloomberg to hit 15% in more states and districts.https://t.co/4JApGxCCKx
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 1, 2020
Joe Biden can now run as the youngest male candidate left in the field.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 1, 2020
The funniest thing about al this is Pete Buttigieg accidentally called the wrong number when he dropped out of the race.
Tell me that's not embarrassing.