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Klobuchar Ending Campaign for President; Endorses Joe Biden

Ryan Juntti/Associated Press
Updated: March 02, 2020 10:30 PM

Amy Klobuchar is ending her Democratic presidential campaign and has endorsed Joe Biden.

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"I believe we can do this together, and that is why today (Monday) I am ending my campaign and endorsing Joe Biden for president," Klobuchar said at Biden's campaign rally in Dallas Monday night. "I cannot think of a better way to end my campaign than joining his," Klobuchar added. 

The Minnesota senator announced her decision to end her campaign Monday, calling it quits after a bid that broke briefly into the top tier with a third-place finish in New Hampshire but failed to sustain that energy further into the Democratic nomination fight.

The three-term senator launched her campaign in a Minnesota snowstorm last February, touting her “grit” and Midwestern sensibilities.

But she couldn't compete with her rivals in early fundraising, and her effort to own the primary's moderate lane got tougher when Biden and another Midwesterner, Pete Buttigieg of Indiana, got in.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson Tweeted her support for Klobuchar on Monday.

Klobuchar's decision to drop out of the race comes one day after Buttigieg chose to end his campaign.

"You see between the Buttigieg news, and then the Klobuchar news probably a consolidating of the more moderate Democratic presidential candidates," said Political Analyst Roger Reinert. 

Reinert says the move could also help Biden as he looks to secure the Democratic nomination. 

"As soon as a week ago, we all might have been, 'Vice President Biden is probably done in this'... and now with Buttigieg out, and Klobuchar out, and potential endorsements of him, all of the sudden he has a rising profile, and he has momentum, and it's the Sanders camp that is starting to lose some traction," said Reinert.

As of now, Mike Bloomberg says he will stay in the race, even as Buttigieg and Klobuchar are rallying around Biden.

Reinert says he doesn't believe there is a frontrunner at this point.

"If anything, you're now down to two, maybe more moderate candidates, and two maybe more farther left progressive candidates," said Reinert.

On Tuesday, Minnesota and 13 other states will vote in the presidential primaries. Sen. Klobuchar is one of 15 Democratic candidates that will be on the ballot, but only five are still running.

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