Pete is Out
Buttigieg's fundraising dried up and with a horrid showing in South Carolina, Buttigieg had little choice but to Drop Out of the Race.
The decision comes just 48 hours before the biggest voting day of the primary, Super Tuesday, when 15 states and territories will allot a third of the delegates over all.
Mr. Buttigieg canceled plans for a Sunday night rally in Dallas and a Monday morning fund-raiser in Austin, Tex., to return to South Bend, Ind., to address supporters. “Sometimes the longest way around really is the shortest way home,’’ he said.
“The truth is that the path has narrowed to a close, for our candidacy if not for our cause,” he said, adding “Tonight I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency.”
Without mentioning opponents by name, Mr. Buttigieg said he was concerned about the impact he would have on the race by staying in, saying Democrats needed to field “the right kind of nominee” against Mr. Trump.
It is unclear if Mr. Buttigieg will endorse another candidate. He and Mr. Biden have exchanged voice messages, a Biden campaign official said.
In the last presidential debate, on Tuesday in South Carolina, Mr. Buttigieg forcefully warned that nominating Mr. Sanders, the front-runner, would lead to crushing defeat in the fall, not just “four more years of Donald Trump,” but the loss of the Democratic House majority secured by moderate candidates who won in suburban swing districts in 2018.
Out of Money
Buttigieg spent most of his funds winning Iowa. And a big fundraising boost never happened.
Unless you are a billionaire, lack of fundraising will do you in.
Billionaire Tom Steyer also threw in the towel so the field is down to five.
Warren likely has enough money to stay in, if she wants. And if she does, it will take votes from Sanders.
Expect Klobuchar to Drop Out on Wednesday
I expect Amy Klobuchar to win her home state of Minnesota on Super Tuesday, then drop out.
She too is out of funds.
What About Bloomberg?
Bloomberg has the funds to stay in. Whether he drops out depends on how well he does on Super Tuesday.
The longer he stays in, the more votes he takes from Biden. Bloomberg supporters don't exactly want a socialist running the country.
I believe Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar are campaigning for a vice presidential spot. That's the smart thing to do because Biden is a one term president. So is Bernie, but his VP preference would not be either Klobuchar or Buttigieg.
Klobuchar would be a strong VP candidate.
To beat Trump, the ticket is better off without any lightning rods. That rules out Kamala Harris.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock