Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg has dropped out of the race for the party's presidential candidate.
On Sunday (March 1), an adjutant to the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told CNBC that Buttigieg's distant fourth place in the South Carolina area code led to his decision to end his campaign on Saturday (February 29) , The former mayor later made it official on Sunday evening with a public announcement in South Bend.
"Imagine how proud we would be to be the generation that saw the day your race didn't affect your health, your prosperity, or your relationship with law enforcement in the United States," said Buttigieg.
"What if we could be the ones delivering the day our teachers are honored a little more like soldiers and a little more paid like doctors? What if we were the ones who brought this nation together to do it make sure that the climate is not an obstacle. " The chance to do this is in our hands. That is the hope in our hearts. That is the fire in our bellies. This is the future we believe in, a country that really enables every American to thrive and a future in which everyone belongs. Thank you for sharing this vision. Thank you for helping us run our campaign. Thank you very much. Let's go ahead together. Thank you. "
Buttigieg was unable to win a larger percentage of the black votes in South Carolina Elementary School and the newest Nevada Elementary School. He received only 3% and 2% of black votes in the respective states, CNBC also reported.
"He believes that this is the right thing for our country and the country to heal this divided nation and defeat President Trump," an adjutant told CNN.
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The previous Sunday, the veteran of the Afghanistan war and openly gay candidate seemed determined to stay in the race. During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd, he said "Driving is the best we can do for the country and for the party" when asked when it was time to end his campaign.
Todd reminded Buttigieg that the democratic candidate must have a diverse group of supporters.
“The Democratic Party candidate must be able to win, must have a strong coalition of African-American voters, Latino voters. It was a fight for you in both Nevada and South Carolina, ”said Todd, according to The Hill.
Buttigieg is the second South Carolina candidate to have suspended his campaign.