Pete Buttigieg Suspends His Presidential Campaign

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(CNN) – Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential campaign this Sunday, and ends an unconventional campaign that led the then unknown former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to be a strong presidential candidate.

Buttigieg made the announcement officially during a hurriedly planned event on Sunday in South Bend, where the former mayor said “today is a moment of truth … the truth is that the road has closed for our candidacy, but not for our cause.”

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“Therefore, we must recognize that at this point in the race, the best way to maintain faith in those goals and ideals is to depart and help unite our party and our country,” said Buttigieg. “So tonight, I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency.”

The politician added: “We have the responsibility to recognize the effect of staying longer in this race. Our goal has always been to help unify Americans to defeat Donald Trump and win for our values. ”

Buttigieg was scheduled to fly from Selma, Alabama, to Dallas, Texas, but during the flight he informed reporters that he would return to his hometown of South Bend to make an announcement about the future of his campaign.

That announcement, advisors said, is that he ended his career for the Democratic nomination.

Buttigieg made the decision on Sunday, according to advisors, after struggling to compete in the South Carolina primaries and see the poor chance of success in the face of supermars.

“He believes that this is the right thing at this time for our country and to heal this divided nation and defeat President Trump,” said the adviser.

He added: “He decided that this is the moment and I think that is exactly what he is going out for. He believes this is the right thing to do. ”

Buttigieg’s effort broke down barriers: the former mayor, when he first won delegates in Iowa, became the first homosexual candidate to win presidential primary delegates for the nomination of a relevant party.

Pete Buttigieg and her husband Chasten Buttigieg greet during a campaign event on February 23, 2020. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

But the Buttigieg campaign had trouble expanding its operation after the success in Iowa and New Hampshire. The former mayor’s battle to win over the voters of color, a key base for the Democratic Party, proved very difficult in Nevada and South Carolina, two states where Buttigieg ended significantly behind other career candidates. And the mayor’s lack of momentum in the face of the super Tuesday sank the campaign.

The former mayor’s senior advisors believed that a victory in Iowa could provide Buttigieg with enough momentum to get good results in both New Hampshire and Nevada. They believed that this success would be followed by a fundraising boost, which would allow them to cover the campaign at the national level when the super Tuesday arrived in early March.

That strategy, however, ran into numerous problems. The results of the Iowa assemblies were repeatedly delayed due to party errors in the state, denying Buttigieg the ability to say that he won more national delegates outside the state than any other candidate.

And one of Buttigieg’s main opponents, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, showed a strong debate before the New Hampshire primary and won a surprising third place in the state, possibly with the ex-mayor’s votes.

In addition to all these issues, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the hundreds of millions he is spending on his campaign also contributed. Bloomberg provided voters with another alternative to consider, frustrating Buttigieg’s attempt to merge moderate Democrats.

Buttigieg entered the 2020 election contest as a stranger, launching his exploratory committee from a windowless conference room in Washington, DC.

“The case here is simple,” Buttigieg said at the time. “It’s time for a new generation of leadership in our county.”

For months, the candidate worked in the dark, being one more among almost two dozen Democrats who ran for the opportunity to face President Donald Trump. But Buttigieg had its breaking point after a CNN forum in Austin, Texas, last March, presented Democratic voters to the young mayor, which led to a steady increase in polls and a significant boost to their collection of money.

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“It reminded me of Obama in the beginning and the phenomenon of shooting fish in a barrel,” said the representative at the time by Virginia Don Beyer, first sponsor of the Buttigieg Congress. “Everyone I called (to ask for money) said yes.”

Buttigieg officially launched his campaign in April with an event that used his hometown, South Bend, Indiana, as a character in his presidential address. His campaign chose the interior of the previously bustling Studebaker plant as the launching site, a visual symbol of the struggles his city has faced.

“There is a long way to go. Life here is far from perfect. But we have changed our trajectory and we have shown a way forward for communities like ours. And that’s why I’m here today, ”Buttigieg said as the rain hit the steel roof hard on him and his lectern got wet.

Buttigieg raised over $ 80 million during his career in 2020, including an impressive $ 25 million in the second quarter of 2019, which allowed the former mayor to invest heavily in Iowa, a state where he and his top assistants believed that its Midwest roots, veteran status and focus on faith could build a broad coalition of support across the state.

But Buttigieg’s money didn’t last long. The campaign came in February with only US $ 6.6 million in the bank and they fought to reach their goal of raising US $ 13 million in the weeks before the supermars.

Part of the problem was the small donors of dollars. Buttigieg’s fundraising percentage of small dollar donors, over time, fell from 65% in early 2019 to just 29% in January, according to its financial documents.

Part of Buttigieg’s initial momentum also stopped due to persistent questions about his ties to communities of color, an issue that stood out in June, when Eric Logan, a black resident of South Bend, was shot by a police officer. Later protests forced Buttigieg to stop the campaign for almost a week, including the omission of a key event in South Carolina.

“Maybe the level of attention on this will help us do something good,” Buttigieg, visibly moved, told reporters after a controversial event in June in South Bend following the police shooting. “Because everyone has to be part of that. There is simply no escape, not for me. ”

News in development.

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