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Elizabeth Warren To End Her Presidential Campaign

The Massachusetts senator and former professor became famous for her plans to tackle everything from corruption to coronavirus.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will drop out of the presidential race, ending a year-long campaign that focused on fighting corruption in government, defined by her many plans.

The decision comes two days after Warren had a “disappointing” Super Tuesday, as her campaign described it

Warren will hold a press conference at 12:30 pm ET.

Once a frontrunner in the race, Warren struggled to break through in recent months. She faced dwindling media coverage, was excluded from key polls, and placed third in her own state of Massachusetts, after former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

She ran on a platform of "big structural change" and offered some of the most detailed policy plans of any candidate. She was also the last major candidate in the race who is a woman, something that is not lost on her on her supporters. Warren became famous for her "selfie lines" after campaign events, where she would stay for hours in order to take pictures with her supporters. 

In a phone call with her campaign staff, Warren acknowledged the disappointment in ending her campaign, and said, "But I refuse to let disappointment blind me – or you – to what we’ve accomplished. We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together – what you have done – has made a lasting difference.

"What we have done – and the ideas we have launched into the world, the way we have fought this fight, the relationships we have built – will carry through, carry through for the rest of this election, and the one after that, and the one after that." 

Read her full remarks to staff here.

In them, she also shares a bit of her trademark sharp humor, with a reference to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "In this campaign, we have been willing to fight, and, when necessary, we left plenty of blood and teeth on the floor. And I can think of one billionaire who has been denied the chance to buy this election." Warren is widely credited with kneecapping Bloomberg's brief presidential campaign, as she focused many of her attacks on him at two Democratic debates.

Her exit follows that of Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer earlier this week, which now means the Democratic primary race is down to two major candidates, Biden and Sanders.

Bloomberg, Klobuchar, Buttigieg, and Beto O'Rourke all endorsed Biden earlier this week. A big question is if or when Warren will endorse Sanders, someone she's been close to for years given their alignment on many progressive issues and policies. Sanders was asked about it at a press conference yesterday and said he had spoken with Warren and was giving her the "time and space" to make a decision about the future of her campaign.

In her call to staffers, Warren had one main takeaway for them, referencing a viral phrase from Mitch McConnell directed at Warren in the Senate years ago (more on that below): "If you leave with only one thing, it must be this: choose to fight only righteous fights, because then when things get tough – and they will – you will know that there is only option ahead of you: nevertheless, you must persist."

We will update this post as the story develops.