A senior campaign aide told NPR early Thursday that Warren, once discussed as a serious contender among Democrats, was dropping out. As noted by a litany of people after word of her campaign's end started making the rounds, a previously diverse (historically so, in fact) assortment of candidates has now been dwindled down to two white men over the age of 70.
Warren's campaign first kicked off in February 2019 and most recently garnered headlines thanks to the Massachusetts senator's grilling of former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also ditched his POTUS run this week after infamously spending hundreds of millions of dollars on ads.
Warren's exit, of course, means Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden remain as the party's two main contenders. With Super Tuesday now behind us, Biden stands at 596 pledged delegates, while Sanders is at 531.
"Cast a vote that will make you proud," Warren told the crowd during a campaign event in Michigan on Super Tuesday, criticizing forecasters as being in the "terrible business" of prediction. "Cast a vote from your heart, and vote for the person you think will make the best President of the United States of America, because I want you to think for a minute about this democracy. You are the ones who get to pick the person who will be the next President and it is an awesome thing."
Warren is now expected to offer an endorsement to one of the remaining candidates. Following his widely mocked campaign's descent into nonexistence this week, Bloomberg endorsed Biden.
News of Warren ending her campaign was met with another batch of lively commentary on the state of the American elections infrastructure, as well as renewed pushes for both the Sanders and Biden campaigns:
In comments to campaign staffers Thursday morning, per MSNBC's Kyle Griffin, Sanders shared a reminder that "big dreams never die."
And while the focus is now on Sanders and Biden as we inch closer to Election Day, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is also technically still in the race.