Pete Buttigieg Drops out of Presidential Race

Daytona Everett

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is ending his presidential bid, a campaign aide confirmed Sunday to CNN.

The former mayor became the first gay candidate to earn presidential primary delegates for a major party’s nomination.
After success in Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg’s campaign struggled to keep momentum. The former mayor’s struggled to win over voters of color, a key base to the Democratic Party, in Nevada and South Carolina.
Buttigieg finished significantly behind the race’s frontrunners in those two states. The mayor’s lack of momentum heading into Super Tuesday sunk the upstart campaign.
A support event was held in Palm Springs on Sunday afternoon at EightFourNine on Palm Canyon. Attendees found out about the news during the event.
Many were disappointed by the news, but the day turned into a celebration for the presidential run and Buttigieg’s work so far.
“His policies, I believe, have changed the very fabric of the democracy already,” said Phillip Moore, a volunteer for the Palm Springs for Pete Buttigieg group.
“I’m clearly disappointed to hear that the campaign decided that there was no path forward to the nomination,” said Hugo Loyola, “Virtually seven months ago, people couldn’t pronounce his name and now he was a top contender.”
The crowd stayed to enjoy appetizers and drinks while reflecting on Mayor Buttigieg’s run.
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