Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will end her presidential campaign on Monday, her campaign said, marking the third candidate departing the race in three days.
Klobuchar, 59, was flying to Dallas, Texas, where she would appear with former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, at his rally and announce the end to her bid and her endorsement of Biden, her campaign told news outlets on Monday afternoon.
Klobuchar struggled to win delegates in the early voting states, ending sixth in Nevada and South Carolina after a third-place finish in New Hampshire.
A prosecutor before she became a senator in 2007, Klobuchar was considered a moderate in the Democratic field, repeatedly decrying government expansion plans put forward by rivals Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78. Klobuchar and Biden regularly condemned the Medicare for All plans put forward by Warren and Sanders, alleging such plans would prove too expensive and kick tens of millions of Americans off of their current healthcare plans.
The end to Klobuchar’s campaign will come just one day after former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 38, announced he was quitting the 2020 race.
Buttigieg didn’t endorse another candidate but called on supporters to vote for whoever wins the Democratic nomination. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic President come January,” he said in South Bend, a city in Indiana.
A campaign adviser said Monday that Buttigieg plans to endorse Biden.
Buttigieg had views some considered radical but tried positioning himself to the right of Warren and Sanders on issues including healthcare.
Tom Steyer, a billionaire businessman, also dropped out over the weekend.
With Buttigieg and Klobuchar bowing out of the race, Biden could more easily win additional states on Super Tuesday after defeating rivals in South Carolina on Saturday by a large margin. Biden and Sanders will be joined for the first time on the ballot by Michael Bloomberg, the 78-year-old former New York City mayor, who announced his candidacy in November 2019 and proceeded to ignore the four early voting states, instead focusing on the rest of the country.
Besides Sanders, Biden, Bloomberg, and Warren, the only remaining Democratic presidential contender is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), 38. She has won zero delegates so far as has Bloomberg, who didn’t file to be on the ballots in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina.
Sanders is in front with 60 delegates, Biden has 53, and Warren has eight. Buttigieg had 26 and Klobuchar had seven.