For months, the Democratic race for the presidency has been running a little rich.
That is to say, even though the progressive posse has whittled down their numbers by a great deal over the course of the last few weeks, there were still an exorbitant number of candidates vying for the top spots late into the primary season.
There will be an undeniably swift exodus now, however, as Super Tuesday looms and no currently “in” candidates want to be responsible for acting as a potential spoiler ahead of that all important contest.
Even some of the previous “top tier” Democrats are dropping out now.
Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential campaign Sunday, in an abrupt and surprising pullout that further narrows the field of Democrats less than a month after he declared victory in the contested Iowa caucuses.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January,” Buttigieg told a throng of enthusiastic and emotional supporters in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday night, in a speech marked by an upbeat and forward-looking timbre.
“We sent a message to every kid out there wondering if whatever marks them out as different means they are destined to be less than,” he continued amid chants of “USA!” and other cheers. “To see someone who once felt that exact same way can become a leading presidential candidate with his husband at his side.”
The timing of the move, which comes just hours before Super Tuesday, will likely bolster support for former Vice President Joe Biden thanks to the two candidates’ shared centrism.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters will undoubtedly see this as an affront to the Vermont Senator’s rise in the polls, furthering their paranoia over how their candidate has been treated thus far.