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Three Exit Presidential Race after New Hampshire Results

Democrat Andrew Yang is among those suspending his 2020 bid for president. Democrat Andrew Yang is among those suspending his 2020 bid for president. |  Photo: ABC

from Associated Press reports
Updated: February 12, 2020 02:24 PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has ended his campaign for president, joining two other candidates who dropped out of the race after the New Hampshire primaries.

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Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet both dropped out shortly after the polls closed Tuesday night, and Patrick joined them Wednesday.

Patrick was the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity.  Patrick's departure from the race leaves just one other candidate of color, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Samoan American.

Patrick launched his bid for president in mid-November but failed to register in polling and fundraising and never made it onto a presidential debate stage. Both Patrick and Bennet had focused their campaigns on New Hampshire, with Patrick hoping the familiarity of a neighboring state would help boost his chances in the race.

Meanwhile, Yang announced his departure Tuesday evening after expecting a disappointing finish in the primary. The 45-year-old entrepreneur created buzz for his presidential campaign by championing a universal basic income that would give every American adult $1,000 per month.

Yang was one of the breakout stars of the Democratic primary race. He built a following that started largely online but expanded to give him enough donors and polling numbers to qualify for the first six debates.

He outlasted senators and governors, and after initially self-funding his campaign, he raised more money than most of his rivals. 

Bennet ran as a common-sense, just-the-facts moderate during a race in which liberals proposing a huge expansion of government programs grabbed the headlines.

He was a late entrant to the race who staked his bid largely on trying to win New Hampshire. He only formally announced his candidacy in late April, after completing treatment for prostate cancer.

He struggled to stand out in a crowded field dominated by other moderate candidates.

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