Deval Patrick Calls It Quits of Fringe 2020 Presidential Campaign

The fringe 2020 Presidential campaign for Deval Patrick, who made zero debates and never made a dent in polling, is over.

Politico reports former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ended his presidential bid Wednesday, exiting the Democratic primary after his late-start campaign failed to gain traction in New Hampshire’s primary.

Patrick, who only entered the presidential race last November, failed to crack one percent in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, finishing only ahead of fellow longshot candidate Sen. Michael Bennet.

“The vote in New Hampshire last night was not enough for us to create the practical wind at the campaign’s back to go on to the next round of voting,” Patrick said in an email to supporters. “So I have decided to suspend the campaign, effective immediately.”

The former Massachusetts governor had staked his candidacy on a strong showing in neighboring New Hampshire. But Patrick struggled to get the kind of media attention needed to jump-start his longshot bid, falling well short of Democratic National Committee thresholds to qualify for a debate stage and running a barebones operation.

His exit leaves the primary field with only one candidate of color, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. And it comes just as the primary calendar shifts to feature a more diverse slate of Democratic voters in states like Nevada and South Carolina. Patrick’s allies had begun to eye South Carolina and its large population of black voters in recent weeks as state where the former governor could do well, especially in the wake of former Vice President Joe Biden’s early struggles in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Patrick is the third Democrat to drop out of the race after a lackluster showing in the New Hampshire primary, following Bennet and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

In his announcement, Patrick urged supporters to “reject false choices” and work toward less partisan politics, while also warning against “poll-tested messages and cable news hits.”