Sen. Elizabeth Warren will drop out of the presidential race after her disastrous Super Tuesday performance, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Warren, 70, even failed to win her adopted home state of Massachusetts, finishing a dismal third, and was shut out in all 14 state primaries Tuesday.
She was expected to notify her staff of her decision sometime Thursday, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story, citing sources.
Joe Biden’s stunning comeback on Super Tuesday, in which he won 10 of the 14 states, and Bernie Sanders second-place finish with four wins under his belt, left Warren with no viable path to win the nomination.
She entered the campaign as a progressive promising to dump President Trump and take on Wall Street and big corporations — positions that inspired fervent support from progressives and liberals.
But moderates and centrists sent Biden to victory, and Sanders, an avowed socialist, took votes away from Warren, whom Trump on Wednesday had called “a spoiler” for not dropping out.
Sanders, he said, would have fared better on Tuesday had Warren left the race.
Warren and Sanders may have shared many of the same liberal positions on certain issues, but there was no love lost between the two adopted New Englanders.
In a fiery exchange caught on a hot mic after a January debate in Iowa, Warren accused Sanders of calling her a liar.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren was heard saying as she got in the Vermont senator’s face.
“What?” Sanders responded.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren repeated.
“You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders said.
“Anytime,” Warren snapped back, prompting Sanders to say that it was her who called him a liar.
“You called me a liar. You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.”
Former Democratic candidate Tom Steyer, who was right behind the two senators, then said: “I don’t want to get in the middle. I just want to say hi Bernie,” and the situation de-escalated.
Warren’s withdrawal means that Biden, Sanders and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — a long shot who has only won one delegate, in American Samoa — remain the only candidates still vying for the nomination, which will be awarded at the Democratic National Convention in July in Milwaukee.
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