Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
She announced her decision in a call with campaign staff on Thursday and later posted her remarks in a blog post on Medium.
“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,” Warren said.
“We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together — what you have done — has made a lasting difference,” she continued. “It’s not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters — and the changes will have ripples for years to come.”
Warren spoke with both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday. She is not expected to make an endorsement on Thursday.
The New York Times first reported the news about Warren’s decision Thursday morning.
Despite gaining momentum early on in the race, Warren struggled to drum up significant support in the first wave of primary contests. She finished in a disappointing third place in the Iowa caucuses, fourth in both the New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucuses, and fifth in the South Carolina primary.
Warren failed to win a single state on Super Tuesday, placing third in her home state of Massachusetts behind Biden, who was first, and Sanders, who was second.
On Wednesday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suspended his Democratic presidential campaign and endorsed Biden. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also recently dropped out of the race to support Biden.
Sanders, the progressive candidate Warren was most often compared to on the campaign trail given their similar policy proposals, emerged as a front-runner last month after winning the popular vote in the Iowa caucuses.
In the New Hampshire primary, Sanders virtually tied for first with former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who dropped out of the race on Sunday, and went on to win the Nevada caucuses with roughly 46% support.
Biden catapulted to the front of the pack following his landslide victory in the South Carolina primary on Saturday and his wave of victories on Super Tuesday.
Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. She previously helped launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under then-President Barack Obama.
It was long expected that Warren would toss her hat into the ring in 2020, particularly after it was widely speculated she’d run for president in 2016 and she decided not to. She formally jumped into the race in February last year.
Her campaign largely focused on fighting corruption, bolstering the middle class and working families, creating affordable housing and implementing “Medicare for All.”
“I have a plan for that” ― a reference to her more than 75 policy proposals and plans outlined on her website ― became one of Warren’s taglines on the campaign trail.
Her folksy and optimistic stump speeches were almost always followed by her trademark selfie lines, which would sometimes include hundreds of rallygoers and take the candidate hours to get through.
With Warren dropping out, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the only remaining female candidate in the presidential race. Gabbard hasn’t come close to winning any of the primary contests so far, barely getting 1% of the vote in most states.
“One of the hardest parts of this is all those big promises and all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years,” Warren said on Thursday during a news conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “That’s going to be hard.”
Warren told reporters she would have “a lot more to say” on the subject of sexism and what role it played in this election cycle at a later date.
“If you say, yeah, there was sexism in this race, everyone says, ‘whiner,’” she said. “And if you say, no, there was no sexism, about a bazillion women think, what planet do you live on.”
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