Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will drop out of the race today and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden. The first out Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, ended his campaign yesterday as did billionaire Tom Steyer.
The four were seen as the centrist group of candidates opposite of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Sanders has taken the lead in the race to the nomination and the move is widely seen as an attempt by the moderates to coalesce around one candidate in hopes of slowing Sanders’ momentum.
So far Warren has resisted calls to drop out to clear the way for Sanders and many progressives still hold out hope for her candidacy. Her path to the nomination is certainly less clear than Sanders’ currently, but the firebrand senator could become the consensus candidate between the two wings of the party.
Klobuchar, Steyer and Buttigieg all ended their campaigns right before Super Tuesday, freeing their supporters to vote for Biden. Klobuchar is set to appear at a rally for the former Vice President in Dallas, Texas tonight to announce her decision and formally endorse Biden.
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg remains in the race. He will be on the ballot for the first time tomorrow and after spending millions of dollars on advertising so far, it has yet to be seen whether or not he has gained any traction with voters.
Thank you to my friend, @AmyKlobuchar. You've been a champion for working families and women in politics, and I look forward to keeping up that fight by your side.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 2, 2020