Senator Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the Democratic primary Thursday after losing across the map on Super Tuesday cleared a path for a two-way fight between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
Elizabeth Warren dropping out of the Democratic presidential race caused leaving former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders as the last major contenders battling for the nomination to challenge President Trump this fall.
Her campaign’s troubles began quickly after she started leading the Democratic field in October. Sanders was made to leave the campaign for several days after suffering a heart attack but bounced back in the polls after New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supported him.
“I want to start with the news,” Warren stated in a conference call with all of her staff. “I want all of you to hear it first, and I want you to hear it straight from me: today, I’m suspending our campaign for president.”
A choked-up Roger Lau, her campaign manager, followed Warren’s remarks by declaring: “Thank you for dreaming so f—— big, thank you for fighting so f—— hard,” a colorful spin on Warren’s “Dream Big. Fight Hard” slogan.
Warren’s campaign had signaled as recently as Sunday that she would stay in the race all the way to the Democratic convention this summer. But her dismal performance this week combined with Joe Biden’s resurgence led her to conclude that she no longer had a viable path forward.
Elizabeth Warren dropping out — like that of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg on Wednesday — came after the Massachusetts senator’s weak performance in the important Super Tuesday contests, when 14 states held primaries, and the territory of American Samoa held a caucus.
Her departure leaves what was once a historically diverse Democratic field essentially narrowed to two white men in their 70s. Sanders is 78 and Biden is 77. Surrounded by supporters in Massachusetts on Thursday, Warren described her anguish that there would not be a woman nominee in 2020.
On the trail, when Warren met little girls, she often bent down to promise them that she would fight for the presidency because “that’s what women do.”One of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises. All those little girls are going to have to wait for a woman,” Warren said.
The trajectory of the race has rapidly shifted in recent days, with Biden gaining momentum in the contests that voted on Super Tuesday. Biden won at least 10 states on Tuesday, a dramatic turnaround for a candidacy that very recently looked doomed.
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Another former contender, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, tweeted that Warren is an “amazing leader” moments after the news broke.
“Always gracious, warm, brilliant and genuine. Everyone knows you were in the race to make things better for everyday people. You will continue to fight because it is who you are,” the tweet read.
Although the Senator herself is yet to formally make the decision at the time of writing, word out of the Warren camp is she chose to bail out after finishing third on Results Of Super Tuesday in her home state Massachusetts, behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Once a frontrunner, she was unable to build on the initial support, having to run against fellow left-liberal Senator Bernie Sanders from neighboring Vermont. Warren’s supporters responded to the news by trending the hashtag #ThankyouElizabeth.
President Donald Trump reacted to Elizabeth Warren Dropping Out from the race by reprising his derisive moniker, inspired by the 70-year-old’s controversial past claims to Native American ancestry.
She cost Crazy Bernie, at least, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Texas. Probably cost him the nomination! Came in third in Mass,” Trump, who has kept a running commentary on the Democratic race, wrote.
With Warren following Bloomberg into the Democratic dugout, the field is now narrowed to a straight fight between Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78, for the Democratic nomination to fight Trump, who will be 74 in June. They will constitute the oldest field in US political history, not to speak of retaining male stranglehold on the White House.
Meantime, some half-dozen Indian-Americans have won their congressional primaries, demonstrating continued “desi” interest, engagement, and involvement in US politics. In California, incumbents Democrats Ami Bera and Ro Khanna registered an easy win in their respective 7th and 17th Congressional Districts, as they sought a fifth and third term respectively in the House of Representatives. Bera is already the longest-serving Indian-American Congressman in US history.
Ro Khanna easily overcame a challenge by another Indian-American, Republican Ritesh Tandon, who was backed by right-wing Indian-Americans unhappy with the incumbent.