Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has suspended his presidential campaign, a day after a disappointing fourth place showing in South Carolina that saw the resurgence of former Vice President Joe Biden, and consistently strong support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Buttigieg spoke to supporters as he made his announcement, speaking of uniting the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump. “The best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals, is to step aside and help bring our party and our country together. So tonight, I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency,” Buttigieg said.
After spending more than $191 million on advertising and not placing well in any of the early states, Tom Steyer also announced that he would suspend his campaign following a lackluster performance in South Carolina. Steyer gained some national attention after a video emerged showing him dancing on stage with hip hop artist Juvenile during a campaign event, but it was not enough to gain him meaningful votes in the state.
New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has indicated that he intends to run for the presidency until “the bitter end,” even if another candidate wins a plurality of votes. Bloomberg has indicated that he feels he can beat out Sanders for the nomination and Trump in the general election. Bloomberg has already passed more than $500 million in spending on his campaign.
With Buttigieg and Steyer exiting the race, the field of leading Democratic hopefuls going into Super Tuesday has narrowed to Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren. Most experts anticipate the race to end up between Biden and Sanders, with Bloomberg remaining as a dark horse candidate that could potentially cause some disruption in the race between the other two.