Pete Buttigieg is Dropping Out: Who Will Be Next?

Pete Buttigieg is Dropping Out: Who Will Be Next?

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Winston Wang
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has officially announced that he is ending his bid for the presidency in a speech Sunday night in his hometown.

The mayor was a moderate among his other fellow candidates and was also the first openly gay candidate to earn presidential primary delegates from the Democratic party.

According to the New York Times, Mr. Buttigieg said that dropping out was, “the right thing to do, when we looked at the math.”

The announcement came after the results of the South Carolina primary were released, showing Joe Biden at number 1, with 35 delegates, followed by Sanders with 13. Buttigieg was distant fourth, garnering zero delegates.

As of Sunday, Buttigieg was third overall, with approximately half the total delegate of second-place Joe Biden, who had 50.

Previous caucuses showed Bernie Sanders at number 1, with 24 delegates in Nevada, 9 in New Hampshire, and 12 in Iowa.

The only outlier was Iowa, where Pete Buttigieg beat Sanders by two delegates.

Buttigieg tied with Bernie in New Hampshire and only got 3 delegates in Nevada.

Only a day before, Tom Steyer had announced his withdrawal from the race. A few weeks ago, Andrew Yang suspended his campaign.

As the election nears, more caucus results will be released, revealing just who the people feel will represent the Democratic party the best.

Bernie, a democratic socialist leads the race, with moderate Democrat Joe Biden following closely in behind. Pete previously sought to occupy Biden’s current position of the moderate runner. Upon seeing the caucus results, he presumably dropped out.

Currently, both the fourth and fifth place candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, are in very distant fourth and fifth, with only eight and seven delegates respectively.

Mike Bloomberg and Tulsi Gabbard, the other two remaining candidates, both have zero.

Gabbard and Klobuchar are both more centrist than Sanders, but slightly more liberal than Biden.

Polling aggregated by Real Clear Politics currently shows that Gabbard is polling, on average, only at two percent, even less than Andrew Yang before he dropped out. In terms of support, Gabbard currently polls the lowest and the numbers point to her as the least viable candidate, and therefore the most likely to drop out.

Furthermore, campaign finance data also shows that Gabbard has raised significantly less money than second-to-last Amy Klobuchar.

While Klobuchar does poll at only seven percent, she does hold a very unlikely, but possible, chance at winning the nomination, with 7 delegates. However, seeing Buttigieg, who was leading Klobuchar by a wide margin, drop out may potentially serve as a warning to Klobuchar about her chances.

Bloomberg has faired quite poorly among the caucuses, though he does currently poll at 16 percent, beating Warren, most likely due to his expansive ad spending.

Biden currently stands at 19 percent, Warren at 12, and Sanders at 30.

In terms of total fundraising, data from OpenSecrets shows that Bernie is also leading, with over 130 million dollars raised, followed by Warren with over 90 million dollars raised, and Biden, with over 70 million dollars raised. Klobuchar has over 30 million dollars and Gabbard only has 13 million dollars.

Bloomberg is completely self-financing his campaign and has currently spent over 440 million dollars already, more than any other candidate, despite announcing his bid late.

At this point, numbers-wise, Biden and Sander seem like the most viable, Gabbard will probably drop out soon, and Klobuchar and Warren will most likely be overshadowed by Biden and Sanders, with both of them having similar ideologies respectively. Unless Bloomberg can manage to grab some more delegates he will most likely drop out also.

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