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Pete Buttigieg to drop out of US presidential race after big Biden win

Issued on: 02/03/2020 – 00:39

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will suspend his ca..

By admin , in Health , at March 2, 2020

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will suspend his campaign for president on Sunday night, a campaign aide said, following his fourth-place finish in the South Carolina Democratic primary easily won by fellow moderate Joe Biden.

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Buttigieg's withdrawal could help Biden, a one-time national Democratic front-runner whose much-needed victory in South Carolina on Saturday gave him momentum heading into the 14-state Super Tuesday nominating contests this week.

“Pete is heading back to South Bend and will give a speech tonight suspending his campaign,” the campaign aide told Reuters.

Buttigieg, a 38-year-old Afghanistan war veteran who would have been the first openly gay U.S. president, had sought to unite Democrats, independents and moderate Republican voters, arguing that his status as a Washington outsider could rebuild the majority needed to defeat Republican President Donald Trump in November's election.

He entered the race as a relative unknown on the national stage, with two terms as mayor of a small Midwestern city as the chief item on his political resume. But his campaign invested heavily in rural and Trump-leaning counties in Iowa in the hope that a win in its first Democratic nominating contest would give him a boost in states to come.

He did just that, pulling out a narrow victory in Iowa over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and surprising many in the Democratic establishment with a close second-place finish in New Hampshire.

But Buttigieg's tenure as mayor, which ended on Jan. 1, came under persistent scrutiny for a laRead More – Source

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