Candidates drop out and make it a two man race

Gabby Rivera, Staff writer

The Democratic party candidates were neck and neck with each other at the end of last week, the top candidates were Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren. Bernie Sanders was the most popular candidate, he had won the most votes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Joe Biden is locked with Sanders in an absurdly tight race for who won the most state delegates from the caucus, and he clearly overperformed.

Pete Buttigieg was the youngest candidate in the presidential field to run for president.

According to the New York Times, Biden stated “If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

Joe Biden has been Obama’s vice president and is known for his down-to-earth personality and his ability to connect with working-class voters. Joe Biden is continuing to struggle throughout the race. Joe Biden was Obama’s vice president from 2009-2017. He is well-known nationally and a very popular candidate.

The South Carolina debate took on a frenetic pace. Sanders faced a lot of scrutiny, Warren continued to bite into her rivals and Buttigieg and Klobuchar faded. The Democratic campaigns has taken an interesting turn.

Pete Buttigieg quit the Democratic presidential race, as well as Amy Klobuchar and Mike Bloomberg. Buttigieg dropped out Sunday night, ending a campaign that enjoyed a meteoric rise and outshone those of more experienced competitors but fell short having a lack of minority support.

Klobuchar dropped out of the race and decided to endorse her rival, Joe Biden. Klobuchar said at a rally, “He can bring our country together and build that coalition of our fired-up Democratic base as well as independents and moderate Republicans. We want to win big.”

Mike Bloomberg stopped his campaign to endorse Joe Biden as well. His reason to enter the race was to defeat Trump. Defeating Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it.

Next Tuesday, March 10, six different states will hold primaries. Those include Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington.

As of right now, the race for the next president is really close. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are the top candidates. It is really hard to say which one is going to win due to many candidates dropping out. Biden and Sanders have been running very different kinds of campaigns, built on very different ambitions.

To win the Democratic primary and govern as a Democratic president, a person needs to win over Democrats and Independents who aren’t natural allies, who didn’t start in a certain candidates corner.

Biden knows that and acts accordingly. The Sanders campaign is going to have to learn the same lesson, and fast.