Following a devastating performance on Super Tuesday, Democrat 2020 hopeful and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren retreated to her home in Cambridge to “assess the path forward,” The Hill reported Wednesday. But it looks like that “path forward” was nowhere to be found.
Politico reported that the senator called her 2020 run quits on Thursday, announcing in a conference call with staffers: “Today, I’m suspending our campaign for president.” Warren has thus far declined to endorse any of the other Democrats still on the campaign trail, however, according to Fox News.
Out of the race
Once touted as a top contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November, Warren failed to win a single state in the primaries through Super Tuesday, and even came in third in her home state of Massachusetts, The New York Times reported.
Indeed, although she had accumulated a few dozen delegates over the first 18 primary matchups, Warren’s haul paled in comparison to the number of delegates won by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the only two viable candidates remaining in the Democratic primary race.
Given the mathematical implausibility of Warren surpassing Biden’s and Sanders’ delegate leads, Warren’s campaign apparently reached the conclusion that it was time to throw in the towel.
“I have no regrets,” Warren said at a press conference outside her home Thursday, according to the Boston Herald. “This has been the honor of a lifetime.”
The senator added that while she will no longer “be running for president in 2020,” she “will stay in the fight for hardworking folks across this country who got the short end of the stick over and over,” the Herald reported.
Looking to November
Prior to the Super Tuesday contests in more than a dozen states and U.S. territories earlier this week, Warren’s campaign had signaled that the senator was in the fight long-term and she would press on until the Democratic National Convention this summer. But her decidedly weak finishes on Tuesday, combined with the resurgence of the Biden campaign, seemed to change the calculus on that plan.
The question left now is to whom Warren will throw her support. Given her progressive leanings, many had expected her to support Sanders, who is now lagging behind Biden in the delegate count following the former VP’s Super Tuesday surge. But she could also join the majority of her fellow former 2020 contenders and endorse none other than “Joe 30330” himself.
At this point, however, the senator is giving no indications one way or the other.
“Not today,” she told reporters at the presser when pressed on an endorsement, according to USA Today. “I need some space around this and a little time to think a little more.”
Looks like she doesn’t “have a plan” for that just yet.