Warren to drop out of 2020 race, setting up one-on-one showdown between Sanders, Biden

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race after a disappointing Super Tuesday in which she failed to win even her home state — a move that could boost Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign by making him the lone progressive standard-bearer in the Democratic field.

The decision essentially leaves the race as a one-on-one battle between Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is surging after claiming a stunning 10 victories on Super Tuesday. Warren was holding a late-morning all-staff call to tell members of her campaign about her decision.


Warren’s move, first reported by The New York Times, comes after a disappointing performance on the biggest day of primary voting. Moderate candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out in the days before, boosting Biden to a delegate lead and essentially co-frontrunner status with Sanders. Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, another moderate, dropped out of the race on Wednesday and endorsed Biden.

Pressure from the left swiftly grew on Warren to drop out, in order to help Sanders consolidate progressive support.

The Warren campaign shared a message with supporters on Wednesday that indicated she might be considering leaving the race.

“Last night, we fell well short of our viability goals and projections, and we are disappointed in the results,” wrote campaign manager Roger Lau. “All of us have worked for Elizabeth long enough to know that she isn’t a lifetime politician and doesn’t think like one. She’s going to take time right now to think through the right way to continue this fight. There’s a lot at stake for this country and the millions of people who are falling further and further behind.