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After low finishes in every primary and caucus held so far, garnering a total of only two- both from American Samoa’s caucuses, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) dropped out of the 2020 presidential contest Thursday, endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in what is now officially a two-man primary with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
With former vice president Biden on a winning spree, speculations are rife that Sen Sanders will also withdraw from the presidential race soon.
Gabbard cited Biden’s recent successes while announcing she is suspending her campaign, saying it was clear that Democratic voters have made their choice for a presidential nominee.
“After Tuesday’s election, it is clear that Democratic Primary voters have chosen Vice President Joe Biden to be the person who will take on President Trump in the general election,” she said.
Gabbard, who backed Sanders’s 2016 presidential bid, joined several other former 2020 contenders in endorsing Biden this time.
“Although I may not agree with the Vice President on every issue, I know that he has a good heart and is motivated by his love for our country and the American people. I’m confident that he will lead our country guided by the spirit of aloha — respect and compassion — and thus help heal the divisiveness that has been tearing our country apart,” she said.
“So today, I’m suspending my presidential campaign, and offering my full support to Vice President Joe Biden in his quest to bring our country together.”
Gabbard also extended her “best wishes” to Sanders and his campaign, saying she respects his “sincere desire to improve the lives of all Americans. “
Gabbard’s withdrawal removes the final female candidate and last person of color from what started as a historically diverse primary field.
The Iraq War veteran and first Hindu member of Congress was forced to contend throughout her campaign with issues that had long made her a loner within the Democratic Party, including her past anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and infamous 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is held responsible for hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in his country’s civil war, The Hill reported.
Hillary Clinton the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, had accused Gabbard of being “a Russian asset” and planning a third-party bid in an interview last year.
“She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far, and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset, I mean totally. They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate,” Clinton had said.
Gabbard sued Clinton for defamation over those comments in January.
Gabbard’s political future is unclear — she declared last year she would not run for reelection for her House seat.
“To the many people across our country who dedicated their time, energy, and resources to my campaign, working tirelessly to get our message out, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “I look forward to speaking to you more in the coming days about why I made this decision and how we can continue to work together for our common cause.”