America’s first openly gay presidential aspirant from a major political party has announced the end of his campaign.
Speaking to supporters in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg stressed the values he said his campaign had hoped to promote.
“The best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our nation together,” the thirty-eight-year-old former mayor said.
Mr. Buttigieg described his decision to drop out of the presidential race as “difficult”, And pledged to do all in his power to ensure a Democratic win in November’s election.
Mr. Buttigieg’s ambitious run for president reached its highest point on February 3 when he narrowly won the caucuses in Iowa. Four days later, he came a close second in the New Hampshire primary, behind Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders.
However, his campaign failed to sustain the momentum in recent weeks, as He finished a distant fourth in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
Mr. Buttigieg’s decision to pull out comes ahead of a key day on Tuesday in the Democratic race to take on President Donald Trump.
Fourteen states will vote on Super Tuesday, by the end of which Senator Sanders, the self-acclaimed social Democrat, could have an unbeatable lead and be a step closer to the nomination.
Buttigieg’s departure leaves six Democrats still in the running – Joe Biden, Mr. Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard.