BREAKING: Amy Klobuchar Quits 2020 Race, Plans to Endorse Biden

Just a day after Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the 2020 race, Amy Klobuchar will also end her candidacy and endorse Joe Biden.

The NY Times reports Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who entered the Democratic presidential race with an appeal to moderate voters and offered herself as a candidate who could win in Midwestern swing states, has decided to quit the race and endorse a rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., according to a person close to Ms. Klobuchar.

Ms. Klobuchar will appear with Mr. Biden at his rally in Dallas Monday night. The decision comes one day after former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., departed the race, and after weeks of Democratic Party hand-wringing about a crowded field of moderate candidates splitting a finite field of centrist votes, allowing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to march forward unopposed among progressives and amass delegates.

Ms. Klobuchar, despite a strong third-place finish in New Hampshire, lagged her moderate rivals in every other state and was often seen as a candidate siphoning support. Though she had varying levels of support across the Super Tuesday map, polling within reach of leading candidates in some predominantly Republican states with open primaries, but it is unclear how much of a boost any of her rivals will see in the wake of Ms. Klobuchar’s exit, or where she may direct her 7 delegates.

The senator from Minnesota shocked her rivals with a surprising third-place finish in New Hampshire, placing ahead of better-known candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mr. Biden.

But aside from New Hampshire, Ms. Klobuchar struggled deeply, lagging all of her competitors in Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. Though her campaign received a much-needed influx of cash after New Hampshire — $12 million in just over a week — it proved too little, too late for the campaign to rapidly scale up and compete with her better funded and better organized rivals.

Emma Vigeland wrote:

1) They’re desperate to stop Bernie.

2) Do Klobuchar and Buttigieg supporters automatically go out and vote for Biden on Super Tuesday? I don’t think that’s a guarantee.

3) Elizabeth Warren is being extremely selfish. The progressive movement needs her right now

Joy Reid tweeted:

And… Amy’s out.

Per @NBCNews:

The Klobuchar campaign confirms Sen Klobuchar is flying to Dallas to join VP Biden at his rally tonight where she will suspend her campaign and endorse Biden.