Pete Buttigieg drops out of the race for the White House
Speaking to supporters in his home-town of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg last night announced the end of his campaign to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for the Presidential Election of 2020.
In his speech, Buttigieg stressed the values that he had tried to promote through his campaign.
“And so we must recognise that at this point in the race, the best way to keep faith with those goals and ideals is to step aside and help bring our party and our nation together…” said Buttigieg. “So, tonight, I am making the difficult decision to suspend my campaign for the presidency.”
If he had won, Buttigieg would be the first gay President of the United States. But, after a promising start, it was becoming clear that Buttigieg was struggling to appeal to a broad cross-section of voters in the Democratic Party.
How did we get to here?
South Carolina was the fourth state to place their votes in this selection process. It’s also important because it’s the step before Super Tuesday – when 15 states and territories head to the polls. That makes South Carolina a fairly important litmus test in terms of who’s got the momentum in this race.
The big winner was Joe Biden. Biden needed a win in order to keep his leadership hopes alive, and the Democrat voters in South Carolina got behind him.
Bernie Sanders came second, and would have been disappointed with not having attracted more votes. Third was Tom Steyer – who was relying on South Carolina to kick-start his campaign but has now withdrawn from the race.
It was a disappointing result for Pete Buttigieg – he finished fourth. Elizabeth Warren claimed fifth spot, and Amy Klobuchar came in sixth.
The early polls
The first polls for the Democratic Party were held in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Sanders performed well in all three, Biden performed poorly in all three, Buttigieg had a good start in Iowa and New Hampshire but faltered in Nevada.
What happens next?
In simple terms, Sanders and Warren are competing for the progressive/left-wing vote, while Buttigieg, Biden, and Klobuchar were competing for the centrist/moderate vote.
Buttigieg’s withdrawal is a boost for Biden, who should pick up the votes of the moderates that were leaning towards Mayor Pete.
Next stop for the Democrats is the major crunch-point of 3 March – known as Super-Tuesday, this is when 15 states and territories will be voting for their preferred candidates. Ultimately the aim is to get down to one candidate by the time we hit the party’s national conference in July.
The wildcard in the pack is Mike Bloomberg – he’s entering the voting for the first time in Super Tuesday. Big-spending Bloomberg is positioning himself as the moderate alternative to Sanders, so he’s going to be taking votes away from Biden.
Who is Pete Buttigieg?
Buttigieg has been the Mayor of the city of South Bend in Indiana since 2012. He’s 38 years old, a graduate from Harvard, a Rhodes Scholar, and a military veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Buttigieg is married – he and his husband Chasten Glezman were married in 2018.
How’s his Gaydar?
Buttigieg has confessed that he has a bad ‘gaydar’.
The Advocate reported that Buttigieg said – “My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time…” Buttigieg was responding to speculation as to whether James Buchanan – President of the US from 1857-1861 – was actually the first gay President.
When people refer to their ‘gaydar’ they’re talking about a sixth-sense that supposedly helps to determine whether a guy is queer or not.
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Chasten Buttigieg – the potential First Husband
The couple met on a dating app, and married after dating for three years.
Chasten was a middle school drama teacher before he decided to join his husband on the campaign trail full-time. He became a powerhouse player for the campaign, holding fundraisers of his own and amassing hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter in an effort to support his husband.
To hear two men affirm their love for one another so openly in a presidential campaign has been groundbreaking and historic.
“Pete can take on the likes of Rush Limbaugh…” said Chasten, referring to criticism from right-wing media pundits. “But I’m more worried about the kids. I’m more worried about the people in this country who are watching how we treat this candidacy, treat this campaign and the way we treat people who for so long have been attacked by people like Rush Limbaugh and this president.”
“I obviously want Pete to be president…” said Chasten, speaking during the campaign. “But if for some reason it doesn’t work out, I will not for one moment hang my head in shame.”