Tulsi Gabbard ends campaign for Democratic nomination

Tulsi Gabbard ends campaign for Democratic nomination

Tulsi Gabbard ends campaign for Democratic nomination

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced she is ending her longshot White House bid Thursday and throwing her support behind former Vice President Joe Biden.

Mr. Biden's chances of securing Democratic nomination have been buttressed by his latest sweep of three key States, Florida, Illinois and Arizona, creating a huge gap between himself and his party rival Mr. Bernie Sanders.

Gabbard had backed Sanders in 2016, according to a Bloomberg report.

In a video posted on her website, Gabbard said she had concluded that she could best serve the country during the current emergency in her capacity as a member of Congress, and in the Hawaii National Guard if her unit is activated.

The immediate wild cards for Mr Biden, though, are Mr Sanders and the shifting primary calendar.

The Congresswoman reportedly said on Tuesday that when Biden swept the races in Arizona, Florida and IL, it was quite clear that the voters had picked Biden to take on President Donald Trump in the general election.

The largest prizes remaining in the primary race include the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey ahead of the party's convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July.

Gabbard's announcement leaves Biden and progressive Senator Bernie Sanders as the only Democratic candidates competing for the party's presidential nomination.

Andrew Bates, who runs Biden's "rapid response" communications unit, said the campaign is recruiting "talented people from other presidential campaigns and from elsewhere". I have a great appreciation for Senator Sanders' love for our country and the American people and his honest desire to improve the lives of all Americans.

"To the many people across our country who dedicated their time, energy, and resources to my campaign, working tirelessly to get our message out, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart", she said.

Despite her participation in four of the first five debates, Gabbard never gained traction in polling.

Gabbard's political future is unclear - she declared past year she would not run for reelection for her House seat.

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