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Why Buttigieg, Klobuchar Are Getting Out of the Way

Many think they learned from the Republican debacle in 2016
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2020 6:03 PM CST

(Newser) – Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar have dropped out of the presidential race and are reportedly both planning to endorse Joe Biden on the eve of Super Tuesday, leading to many news articles using words like "coalesce" and "close ranks" as moderate Democrats appear to be coming together to back Biden's candidacy in the hopes of pushing aside the much-further-to-the-left frontrunner Bernie Sanders. Here are some of the opinion articles that have cropped up so far on the subject:

  • Buttigieg and Klobuchar are doing what Republicans refused to do in 2016, writes Philip Bump at the Washington Post, recalling now-President Trump's campaign. He was far from the establishment's favorite candidate, but even with less than 50% of the primary vote, he scored the nomination thanks in part to the fact that so many of his rivals remained in the race. It's possible Buttigieg and Klobuchar learned a lesson from 2016 and are clearing the path for Biden: "The anti-Sanders vote is consolidating."

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