Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren had a couple of tough choices to make this week, and neither resulted in good news for her personally.
Earlier in the week, the establishment wing of the Democratic Party consolidated their efforts behind former Vice President Joe Biden. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar both dropped out of the race just before Super Tuesday, thus leaving Biden as the only viable moderate in the race.
On the other side of the party, Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were splitting the progressive vote, but not very evenly. Sanders was, and still is, very much in the top spot for the left side of the party…and it’s not even close.
So when Warren decided to remain in the race through Super Tuesday, as opposed to dropping out and supporting Sanders, some of the Bernie Bros took offense.
They are going to be extra miffed today.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Thursday after a disappointing Super Tuesday in which she failed to win even her home state — a development that could boost Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign by making him the lone progressive standard-bearer in the Democratic field.
But, while making the widely expected announcement outside her Cambridge home with her husband Bruce by her side, the Massachusetts senator declined to make an endorsement at this stage.
“Not today,” Warren said, noting that she wanted more time to think about the decision.
The non-decision was striking, considering every other candidate to bow out in the last week has endorsed — for former Vice President Joe Biden. Warren was considered closer to Sanders, at least ideologically, but they had clashed in recent weeks and it remains unclear whether Warren is leaning toward one candidate or the other.
Sanders’ supporters have long felt as though their candidate was being treated unfairly in the race, and some may even believe that Warren’s timing was purposefully sinister.
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