New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg suspended his presidential campaign and Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren reassessed her candidacy as the winnowing process in the Democrats’ 2020 nomination fight lurched forward after Super Tuesday.
- Bloomberg quit the race just 101 days after he got in despite spending more than $US500 million on his campaign
- He became the third failed Democratic presidential contender in three days to endorse Joe Biden
- The Democratic Party’s presidential field is now a contest between Biden and Bernie Sanders
Mr Bloomberg quit the race just 101 days after he got in, despite pouring more than $US500 million ($754 million) of his personal fortune into his campaign.
The massive investment netted him a single win, in American Samoa.
Mr Bloomberg became the third failed Democratic presidential contender in three days to endorse Joe Biden.
The development came just hours after a resurgent Mr Biden scored Super Tuesday victories from Texas to Massachusetts, revitalising a presidential bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier.
Mr Biden and Mr Bloomberg spoke on Wednesday morning, according to two sources familiar with the situation who were not authorised to disclose private conversations.
Mr Biden’s rival Bernie Sanders seized the biggest prize on Super Tuesday with a win in California to keep himself in the race.
Senator Warren, Senator Sanders’ progressive ally, was consulting advisers to determine if there was a reason to stay in the race after her Super Tuesday wipe-out.
She didn’t win a single state and finished in third place, after Mr Biden and Senator Sanders, in her own home state of Massachusetts.
Mr Biden and Senator Sanders, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for America’s future, were locked in a delegate fight a day after Super Tuesday.
It could take weeks or months for Democrats to pick one of them to take on President Donald Trump in the November general election.
But the new contours of the fight crystallised as the former vice-president and the three-term Vermont senator addressed each other in duelling victory speeches delivered from opposite ends of the country on Tuesday night.
“People are talking about a revolution. We started a movement,” Mr Biden said in Los Angeles, knocking one of Senator Sanders’ signature lines.
Without citing his surging rival by name, Senator Sanders took a swipe at Mr Biden from Burlington, Vermont.
“You cannot beat Mr Trump with the same-old, same-old kind of politics,” he declared, ticking down a list of past policy differences with Mr Biden on Social Security, trade and military force.
“This will become a contrast in ideas.”
The Sanders campaign announced on Wednesday that it would begin airing three new campaign ads in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington, states that hold primaries March 10 and March 17.
Mr Trump took to Twitter to call Mr Biden’s strong Super Tuesday showing “a perfect storm” and amplify his long-running argument that the Democratic Party would move to stop Senator Sanders from winning the nomination.
“The Democrat establishment came together and crushed Bernie Sanders, AGAIN!” Mr Trump tweeted.
Mr Trump also called Senator Warren “selfish” for staying in the race because it “hurts Bernie badly”.
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