Democrat Pete Buttigieg is ending his campaign for president.
According to The Associated Press, the millennial, Afghan War veteran and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is ending his campaign. Three anonymous people with knowledge of Pete Buttigieg‘s decision revealed he’s informing his campaign staff. He’s set to speak Sunday night in South Bend.
Democrat Pete Buttigieg is informing campaign staff that he is dropping out of the White House race, three people with knowledge of the decision tell AP. His campaign says Buttigieg will speak Sunday night in South Bend, Indiana. https://t.co/i3gNtUlDTy
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 1, 2020
Although Buttigieg was a rising star, he failed to secure enough wins in the critical early states to move forward.
Up against better-known candidates, Buttigieg defied expectations for months and became the first openly gay man to be a top contender for a major party nomination.
Related | Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Maddow Share Coming Out Stories
A year ago, he burst onto the scene with a barrage of media attention and robust fundraising. Buttigieg relied on a next-generation message of gravity on important issues while spreading a message of hope and inclusion.