In a matter of twenty-four hours, we have witnessed the Democratic field of candidates descend from eleven candidates to eight.
Principally, we had Andrew Yang drop out of the race, New York Times reports.
Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur with no previous political experience who evangelized a universal basic income and warned of the perils of automation, ended his longer-than-long-shot bid for president on Tuesday night after a yearslong campaign that endured even as those of members of Congress and governors dropped out.
Speaking to supporters inside a ballroom as New Hampshire’s primary results were coming in, Mr. Yang said “endings are hard” and that he had intended to stay in the race until the end.
“I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” he said. “So tonight I am announcing that I am suspending my campaign.”
Then, less than thirty minutes later, we had Michael Bennet drop out of the race, New York Times reports.
Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who campaigned for president on a promise to fix a broken Washington, ended his bid for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday after a dismal showing in the New Hampshire primary.
Mr. Bennet had staked all his hopes on New Hampshire, holding 50 town hall events there in the 10 weeks leading up to the primary and campaigning exclusively there in the final stretch, even on the night of the Iowa caucuses.
But early results showed him with only 0.3 percent of the vote. Write-in candidates had more.
“I feel nothing but joy tonight as we conclude this campaign and this chapter,” Mr. Bennet tweeted after announcing his departure. “Tonight wasn’t our night. But New Hampshire, you may see me once again.”
Finally, on Wednesday morning, Deval Patrick announces he’s dropping out of the 2020 race, New York Times reports.
Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday, just three months after entering it, ending a last-minute campaign that seemed to fizzle out almost as soon as it had begun.
Mr. Patrick had hoped to capture delegates in his neighboring state of New Hampshire and to carve away former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s support among black voters in South Carolina. But while Mr. Biden has lost support, Mr. Patrick did not gain any. In the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, he received less than 0.5 percent of the vote.
“I believed and still believe we had a strong case to make for being able to deliver better outcomes,” he said in a message to supporters. “But the vote in New Hampshire last night was not enough for us to create the practical wind at the campaign’s back to go on to the next round of voting.”
Mr. Patrick was the third candidate to end his campaign after the New Hampshire primary, following the entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, both of whom dropped out late Tuesday night.