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Democratic Field Shrinks by 2 After NH Votes

Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet are out
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2020 7:13 PM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2020 7:45 PM CST
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Andrew Yang speaks at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – The final results in New Hampshire are not in, but two candidates have seen enough: Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet have dropped out of the 2020 race, reports Politico and the Denver Post.

  • Yang was headed toward a sixth-place finish at best. “I am a numbers guy,” Yang told the Washington Post before breaking the news to his supporters. “In most of these [upcoming] states, I’m not going to be at a threshold where I get delegates, which makes sticking around not necessarily helpful or productive in terms of furthering the goals of this campaign.” No word yet on whether Yang will endorse another candidate. His main campaign theme was a pledge to give every American a monthly stipend of $1,000.

  • Bennet, who performed anemically in the polls and didn't qualify for the recent debates, called it quits after seeing he was on track for a disappointing finish. “I think it’s fitting that we end the campaign tonight,” he told supporters. “Tonight is not going to be our night. But let me say to New Hampshire—you may see me once again.” He had just 0.3% of the vote in early returns.
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