Fringe 2020 candidate Andrew Yang has officially dropped out of the race.
“I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” said Andrew Yang, as he ended his bid for the Democratic nomination tonight in New Hampshire.
With 57% of votes in, Yang is currently in 8th place in New Hampshire.
NYTimes reports Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur with no previous political experience who evangelized a universal basic income and warned of the perils of automation, ended his longer-than-long-shot bid for president on Tuesday night after a yearslong campaign that endured even as those of members of Congress and governors fell away.
Speaking to supporters inside a ballroom in Manchester, N.H., as the state’s primary results were coming in, Mr. Yang said “endings are hard” and that he had intended to stay in the race until the end.
“I am the math guy, and it’s clear from the numbers we’re not going to win this campaign,” he said. “So tonight I’m announcing that I am suspending my campaign.”
Mr. Yang’s campaign has spent considerable time and resources in the state and was banking on the backing of its many independent voters. Mr. Yang had signaled in recent interviews and emails to supporters that he would need to vastly outperform expectations in the Granite State for his campaign to continue.
The end comes a week after Mr. Yang, 45, failed to win any pledged delegates in Iowa despite spending a significant share of his war chest on ads there.
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