Former Maryland Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D) dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary on Friday, just days before Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
“I’m announcing this morning that I’m withdrawing from the 2020 race,” Delaney said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“I’ve campaigned harder than anyone in Iowa through all 99 counties. I’ve done hundreds of events across this great state, but it’s clear to me on Monday, on caucus night, I will not have sufficient support to get to the 15 percent viability threshold,” he continued.
Delaney added that his support was strong enough to peel away votes from other moderate candidates.
“I just don’t want to do that, because I think we need a candidate that’s running in the center,” he said.
Delaney said he was not endorsing in the race yet but said a number of candidates, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) fit his criteria for a moderate candidate who could unite the country.
“It’s clear to me that to have the best chance of beating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, which is the most important thing for our party at this moment in time, and to actually be able to govern … we need someone with that type of orientation,” he said.
“I think we’ve clearly shaped the debate in a very positive way,” he said.
Delaney said that he would support whoever wins the Democratic nomination, but cautioned that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) progressive platform did not show “responsible leadership.”
“People like Bernie Sanders who are running on throwing the whole U.S. economy out the window and starting from scratch, he’s running on taking private health insurance away from 180 million Americans, I just think that makes our job so much harder, in terms of beating Donald Trump,” he said.
The former congressman regularly hit Sanders, along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), during the campaign, targeting them for their progressive economic and health care platforms.
Delaney was the first candidate to jump into the 2020 Democratic primary, launching his campaign in 2017. He spent the bulk of his time and resources campaigning in Iowa.
However, Delaney, who largely self-funded his campaign, was never able to break out of the race’s lower tier.
He qualified for the first two primary debates in June and July but did not make the following forums.
A Morning Consult poll released last month showed Delaney polling at 1 percent.
Updated at 8:30 a.m.
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