Politics 2020: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Ends Presidential Campaign

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced he was ending the presidential campaign in which he set history as the first openly gay man to win delegates in the race for the nomination of a major political party.

His exit comes a day after his disappointing fourth-place finish in South Carolina and two days before Super Tuesday, when he was expected to continue to struggle amid the dominance of Senator Bernie Sanders and resurgence of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Buttigieg’s success in the campaign, even aside from his personal story, was a remarkable achievement. As the mayor of a mid-size Midwestern town, he rose from relative political obscurity to become a viable candidate for the White House.