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Klobuchar drops presidential bid

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar shown speaking at a North Carolina Democratic Party event in Charlotte on Saturday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar ended her presidential campaign on Monday, planning to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden.

Minnesota’s senior senator announced her bid for president in February of last year. She spent much of her campaign in Iowa, looking to slingshot forward after a success there. She ultimately finished in fifth place in Iowa.

A surprise third place result in New Hampshire spurred speculation that she could pull forward, but lackluster finishes in Nevada and South Carolina may have contributed to her decision to drop out.

Over the last month, a Super PAC supporting Klobuchar, Kitchen Table Conversations, spent more than $2 million on pro-Klobuchar advertisements in an attempt to keep her in the race.

Throughout the race, Klobuchar called herself “Heartland Amy” and “The Senator Next Door,” arguing she could win moderate and conservative voters in the Midwest. She often spoke of her experience in the Senate.

At the same time, her presidential campaign also left room for her long political history to resurface. New facts about his time as a prosecutor led groups like Black Lives Matter Minnesota to call for the senator to drop out of the race. Prominent LGBTQ leaders have criticized Klobuchar’s credit-claiming when it comes to her role in stopping a constituional ammendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2010. And the Klobuchar’s unclear stance on copper-nickel mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area has upset both mining advocates and environmentalists alike.

Klobuchar plans to fly to Dallas tonight, to endorse Biden. Over the weekend, two other candidates left the race: Tom Steyer and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg .

Klobuchar is dropping out the day before Super Tuesday, when voters in 14 states, including Minnesota, will cast primary ballots in the presidential race. The Senator was not leading in any other polls around the country.

This story is developing and will be updated.

Comments (17)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 03/02/2020 - 12:56 pm.

    At least she’s endorsing Biden instead of bloomberg.

  2. Submitted by Dorothy Coffey on 03/02/2020 - 01:07 pm.

    Given COVID-19’s tendency to strike senior citizens with underlying health conditions hard, this makes me wonder – will Biden and Bernie even survive until November? They had to have been exposed by now.

  3. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 03/02/2020 - 01:21 pm.

    Will she get the BLM vote come Senate time?

  4. Submitted by Peter Stark on 03/02/2020 - 02:45 pm.

    Minnesota probably goes to Sanders then. Biden is doing poorly here, Sanders was a close second to Amy, and Sanders trounced Clinton (who is basically Biden minus the obvious dementia) here in 2016.

  5. Submitted by Orville H. Larson on 03/02/2020 - 03:27 pm.

    Amy Klobuchar–“Heartland Amy,” “The Senator Next Door”–has decided she just can’t hack it.

    A legend in her own mind.

  6. Submitted by Andy Briebart on 03/02/2020 - 03:57 pm.

    I would hope the local media, TV, radio, and print, would be interviewing Nakima Levy Armstrong or other BLM leaders and getting their opinion on this.

  7. Submitted by cory johnson on 03/02/2020 - 04:09 pm.

    She and Mayor Pete must have been under enormous pressure to help stop Bernie

  8. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/02/2020 - 09:50 pm.

    Now comes the true endgame with a great start. Endorsing Biden gives her a leg up on the Vice President spot since Biden is the only one who would select her. Seems like we might not get our Senator back for a few more months if she helps stump for Biden.

  9. Submitted by William Duncan on 03/03/2020 - 07:37 am.

    Likely a deal was made. A cabinet post like secretary of Health and Human Services, or Ag, or maybe even Attorney General, and the short list for VP.

    Except Biden gets eaten alive by Trump. Bamboozled into confusion and embarrassment.

  10. Submitted by george woytnowitz on 03/03/2020 - 08:01 am.

    Startrib endorses Amy Sunday; Amy drops out Monday. Great precedent I hope.

  11. Submitted by Brian Simon on 03/03/2020 - 09:42 am.

    Sen K’s lack of traction in the primaries & subsequent endorsement of Biden underscores her fundamental lack of vision for how to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.

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