Warren ends presidential campaign, doesn't endorse

Massachusetts senator leaves Democratic primary after disappointing Super Tuesday

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Elizabeth Warren
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March 5, 2020 - 7:07pm

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday ended her White House bid but vowed to fight for Americans who feel left behind.

"I will not be running for president in 2020," she told reporters outside of her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home. "But I guarantee that I will be staying in the fight for the hardworking folks in this country who got the short end of the stick. That has been the fight of my life."

Warren, a Wall Street critic, suspended her campaign after a disappointing Super Tuesday performance in which she failed to win in any of the 14 states balloting, including her home state.

Warren declined to endorse any of the remaining candidates in the party primary.

"Not today," she said. "I want to take a little time to think about it. ... Not right now." 

Warren becomes the fourth Democratic presidential candidate in less than a week to exit the party primary -- solidifying the race for the Democratic nomination into a two-person contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent running on the Democratic ticket. 

This past weekend, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobachur and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out -- seeing little chance of success in Super Tuesday balloting and beyond and increasing Biden’s chances of winning the moderate vote. 

They were followed by billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, who suspended his campaign after Super Tuesday and spending about $500,000,000 of his own without winning a single delegate from state balloting. 

Warren’s departure would help Sanders, considering both competed for the liberal vote.  

“So selfish for Elizabeth Warren to stay in the race,” tweeted President Trump yesterday morning, “She has Zero chance of even coming close to winning, but hurts Bernie badly. So much for their wonderful liberal friendship.”

“Will he ever speak to her again? … he shouldn’t!,” concluded POTUS.

Though Warren received the support of many high-profile personalities in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, her campaign struggled to cement its brand; toeing the line between a policy driven agenda, and a personal brand of identity politics.

Warren never fully recovered from criticism surrounding her decision to publicly release a DNA test proving she is somewhere in the range of 1/1,024 Native American.

Her years-old claim of Indigenous heritage has earned her persistent mockery from President Trump, in addition to others. Two hundred tribal citizens signed a letter last week outlining the shortcomings of Warren’s previous apologies for falsely claiming Native American heritage, which she used to try to advance her academic career.