‘We’ll be back’: Andrew Yang ends bid for White House as New Hampshire sets new candidate stage

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As results continue to trickle in from the New Hampshire 2020 Democratic primary, it seems clear that the party is feeling the Bern, which may be a good thing for those who were banking on giveaways from Andrew Yang.

Late Tuesday, after just the second state voted, Yang announced that he was ending his bid for the White House — the candidate may have wanted to beat Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden to the punch, as both had dismal showings, coming in fourth and fifth, respectfully.

With Democrats actually lining up behind a socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. was announced the winner, Yang was pulling less than 3 percent of the vote, this coming despite the tech entrepreneur’s campaign pledge to give Americans $1,000 a month just for drawing breath.

The candidate, who had an enthusiastic, albeit small following known as the Yang Gang, called this taxpayer freebie “universal basic income.”

“While there is great work left to be done — you know I am the MATH guy — it is clear tonight from the numbers that we’re not going to win this race,” Yang told supporters. “I am not someone who wants to accept donations and support in a race that we will not win. And so tonight, I’m announcing I am suspending my campaign for president.”

Yang mentioned President Donald Trump while saying he would support the eventual party nominee, but was not as rabid as his fellow Democrats in attacking Trump.

 

“I hope this campaign can be a message, and a word of caution and guidance to my democratic colleagues that Donald Trump is not the cause of all of our problems,” he said. “He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years. We must cure the disease that got him elected, and in order to do that, we must address the real problems that affect our people, and offer solutions to actually solve them.”

Sanders was feeling his oats at the ripe age of 78, telling supporters his win was “the beginning of the end” for Trump.

“And let me say tonight, that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he said. “With victories behind us, popular vote in Iowa, and the victory here tonight, we’re going to Nevada, we’re going to South Carolina, we’re going to win those states as well.”

As for who else is appealing to Democratic voters in post-Obama America, the results thus far may surprise you.

Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay 37-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Ind., a small town of just over 100,000 people, came in second in New Hampshire, a little over one percent behind Sanders. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., finished third with just under 20 percent of the vote.

Ironically, while Yang told BuzzFeed News that he was “disappointed,” he had this to say about the rest of the field: “There’s also a competitive part of me too — like I can’t believe I lost to these people.”

If there was a theme to Yang dropping out, it would be: “We’ll be back.”

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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