Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is suspending his campaign according to a campaign source confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.
Buttigieg narrowly defeated rival Bernie Sanders by delegate count in Iowa but has since suffered a string of defeats culminating in his drubbing in South Carolina on Saturday, where he finished fourth, behind billionaire Tom Steyer, as reported by Fox News.
Pete Buttigieg will reportedly give remarks from South Bend, Sunday at 8:30 E.T. following his decision to end his presidential campaign.
Known colloquially as “Mayor Pete,” Buttigieg, who’s 38, was one of the youngest Democratic candidates seeking the nomination and the first openly gay candidate to mount a major campaign for the presidency, reported NPR.
Earlier in the day, Buttigieg had spoken with NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press”, saying, “We do a lot of math on this campaign” to make campaign decisions, adding: “And a goal to make sure we defeat Donald Trump because our country can’t take 4 more years of this.”
With Pete Buttigieg’s exit from the Democratic presidential contest, only 6 candidates remain in the running: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Mike Bloomberg. (Continued Below)
President Trump responded on Twitter Sunday, predicting Buttigieg’s votes will go to Biden.
“Pete Buttigieg is OUT. All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing,” he wrote. “This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!” (Video Below)
President Donald Trump’s official tweet:
Pete Buttigieg is OUT. All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020
Fox News confirms Pete Buttigieg suspends his 2020 presidential campaign:
We leave you with a few responses from Twitter after Pete Buttigieg was reported to exit the race:
The official Pete Buttigieg campaign suspension video pic.twitter.com/1FTjQSQSFy
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 1, 2020
Not sure how Pete Buttigieg ever could have lost with this incredible campaign strategy pic.twitter.com/rSWENoARiK
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 1, 2020
Here’s a friendly reminder that Pete Buttigieg once used the Bible to justify Late Term Abortion by saying life begins at “Breath”.
— ALX ?? (@alx) March 2, 2020
So, how long until Pete Buttigieg is offered a CNN contributorship?
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) March 1, 2020