Elizabeth Warren, the feisty Senator from Massachusetts, and the most prominent woman in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination is reportedly ending her campaign.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Massachusetts senator will reportedly tell her staff in a call that she will be dropping out of the race and deliver a formal announcement later in the day.
Warren, 70, staked her candidacy on broad left-wing proposals such as a wealth tax on millionaires and billionaires, breaking up Big Tech companies, and forgiving student loan debt. Her plethora of policy proposals led to “I have a plan for that” being a signature rallying cry, and she spent hours taking photos with any person who wanted one after campaign rallies, resulting in more than 100,000 “selfies.”
After poor performances in early states — coming in third in Iowa’s caucuses, fourth in the New Hampshire and Nevada caucuses, and fifth in South Carolina — Warren’s campaign insisted that she still had a path to the nomination.
But, that path seemed to have closed, as she fell flat in Super Tuesday states. Warren even failed to win her home state of Massachusetts or any state contest, and was on track to be hundreds of nominating delegates behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who Warren skewered on February debate stages in part by attacking him for allegations of inappropriate comments toward women, also dropped out of the race following a poor Super Tuesday performance.
Warren surged in early state and national primary polls through late summer and early fall, with many thinking she could replace Sanders as a more palatable left-wing candidate. But her support and fundraising took a dive in the winter, leaving her scrambling to remain a force in early nominating contests.
Warren’s decision, now 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. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard remains in the race, but has performed poorly in the primaries, and her continued participation in the process is immaterial at this point.
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.”
The Associated Press cited an anonymous Warren associate who said that Warren hasn’t yet endorsed Sanders or Biden, but she has talked to both campaigns and is assessing who would best uphold her agenda.