People Lament the End of Elizabeth Warren's Presidential Bid

It's now down to Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.


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Sen. Elizabeth Warren exited the 2020 presidential race on Thursday following the campaign's poor showing on Super Tuesday. 

A senior campaign aide toldNPR 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.

The most diverse presidential field in American history has whittled down to two white men in their late 70s.

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 5, 2020

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."

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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:

Hey remember when we had the most diverse presidential field in history? 😔

— brittany packnett cunningham (she/her). (@MsPackyetti) March 5, 2020

Thank you for running an amazing campaign. Sucks that our “best choices” to represent such a diverse delegation that the Democratic Party claims to be ends up with are two OLD white cis men.

Warren, Harris, Booker, even Klobuchar and Buttigeg deserved better. ☹️

— Lauren Fisher (@laurefis) March 5, 2020

I really, really need to see some VP picks. Doesn't have to be Warren (would prefer a more diverse ticket), but with two 78 year old men, likely not to serve two terms, I really want to see who each picks. Because we're gonna be right back here in 4 years.

— Erica Manney 🗽 (@emanney) March 5, 2020

Warren's out.

From the most diverse field in history, to two white men.

I'm very tired.

— Allya Yourish (@AllyaYourish) March 5, 2020

Welcome where the same outlets that helped with the erasure of Warren --

--will flood us for a day with sad pieces about how women struggle in American politics--

Before moving back to the main event they wanted all along: Two old white men fighting for the "soul" of America.

— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) March 5, 2020

Sometimes you work twice as hard & still don't reach the same result as white men. That's not only frustrating, but it's a structural problem. As @ewarren might say, we need big structural change & that starts w/some serious self-reflection about gendered political institutions.

— Kelly Dittmar (@kdittmar) March 5, 2020

To the people who fought for Elizabeth Warren, most especially the women and young girls out there, a reminder: You owe no one anything right now. Allow yourself the space to grieve, and be angry, and be numb. Take the time. Take all of it that you need.

— Listening in the Dark ✨ Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) March 5, 2020

Elizabeth Warren ran a dynamic, hopeful campaign centered around smart policy solutions to make this country work for everyone.

I know this is just the beginning for her, her team, and the millions of women and girls she inspired with her run. #LFG #ThankYouElizabeth

— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 5, 2020

In comments to campaign staffers Thursday morning, perMSNBC'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.

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