Another One Bites the Dust

An update on who is still running in the 2020 presidential election.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg shares his ideas during a campaign stop in Atlantic. Buttigieg dropped out of the race before Super Tuesday.

Camryn Church, Editor

This week has been the defining week for some of the presidential candidates, with Super Tuesday’s results leaving only a few left in the race. Senator Elizabeth Warren dropped out on Thursday, March 5. Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg also ended their campaigns this week. The Super Tuesday results were brutal, leaving Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Vice President Joe Biden in its wake. The only other person left in the race besides the pair is U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard. 

After Warren’s dropout, she refused to endorse Biden or Sanders. She said she and her supporters “don’t have to decide right this minute.” She dropped because she “failed to attract a broader political coalition in a Democratic Party increasingly, if not singularly, focused on defeating President Trump,” according to The New York Times.

After Bloomberg dropped, he backed Biden on Thursday, giving Biden the biggest benefactor of the Democratic Party.

Buttigieg dropped after a huge loss in the South Carolina primary, “where his poor performance with black Democrats signaled an inability to build a broad coalition of voters,” according to the NYT. Buttigieg then endorsed Biden.

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(Bloomberg) tried to win the campaign with money”

Along with Bloomberg and Buttigieg, Klobuchar endorsed Biden after she ended her run. She did well in New Hampshire but ultimately lost after she could not compete with her better-funded rivals.

Senior Savannah Cameron was “very happy” Bloomberg dropped out. She said, “He tried to win the campaign with money.” Cameron was most upset with Buttigieg dropping, “I think it’s time for another minority in the White House.” She liked how Buttigieg “presented himself.” 

Sanders is still in the race, and trails Biden after a shortcoming on Super Tuesday. Biden has won most of the states that voted in Super Tuesday, winning ten out of the 14 states. The next primaries are being held on Tuesday, March 10 in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Washington. 

As for the Republican side of the election, there is only one candidate left up against Trump for the nominee. Former Governor Bill Weld began running in February of 2019. In his first campaign announcement, Weld stated he believed Trump has “showed contempt for the American people.”