Michael Bloomberg spent $500 million on his election campaign, and on Super Tuesday, all he had to show for it was the four delegates from American Samoa. “Three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason,” he said during the press event announcing the suspension of his campaign.
Bloomberg promptly endorsed Biden as soon as he dropped out of the race.
“I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden,” Mr Bloomberg said in his statement.
Making a remarkable rebound with his campaign, Joe Biden won 10 out of the 14 states, which were up for grabs, and one of those states was Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren’s home state.
Warren didn’t win any of the Super Tuesday contests, a source close to her said that she is discussing the next steps with her team.
Though the proportionality rules mean Warren could still come away with some delegates, the result is a significant loss. This turned out being a far closer race in Massachusetts than experts in the state had predicted last year, and Biden’s surge cut into Warren’s home advantage as well.
Elizabeth Warren’s people are reportedly meeting with members of Sanders’ team to discuss potentially consolidating progressive support. After the dismal performance on Super Tuesday, her chances of securing the nomination have significantly lessened, and Bernie Sanders has admitted his campaign failed to galvanize youth turnout to the extent he’d hoped. The Vermont senator did well in California, Colorado, and his home state but lost ground to Biden everywhere else.