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Pete Buttigieg receives an outpouring of support after suspending his 2020 campaign

Rosie Perper , Business Insider US
 Mar 02, 2020, 10:02 AM

CORALVILLE, IOWA - DECEMBER 08: Democratic preside
Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at a campaign event December 08, 2019 in Coralville, Iowa. Less than two months remain before Iowa holds its caucuses in the nations first contest in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  • Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced on Sunday night that is suspending his 2020 campaign.
  • Buttigieg leaves the race after an unexpectedly strong bid that included winning the Iowa caucuses and coming in second in the New Hampshire primary.
  • His announcement inspired an outpouring of praise on Twitter, from celebrity supporters to his former 2020 Democratic challengers.
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Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg received an outpouring of support on Twitter - from former political rivals to celebrity supporters - after announcing on Sunday night that he was suspending his 2020 campaign.

Buttigieg leaves the race after an unexpectedly strong bid that included winning the Iowa caucuses and coming in second in the New Hampshire primary.

He confirmed his departure from the race in a speech on Sunday night in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.

"By every conventional wisdom, by every historical measure, we were never supposed to get anywhere at all," he said. "Along that way, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality."

Buttigieg touted his win at the Iowa Caucus as a major milestone in his campaign.

"It proved that Americans are really hungry for a new kind of politics," he said. "We found countless Americans ready to support a middle-class, millennial president from the industrial Midwest."

"I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new, Democratic president come January," he said. Following the announcement, dozens of people took to Twitter to praise Buttigieg's campaign for making history:

2020 challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden called Buttigieg's campaign "historic" and "trail-blazing."

"This is just the beginning of his time on the national stage," Biden wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who sparred with Buttigieg on the debate stage, wrote on Twitter that Buttigieg would "continue giving back and serving our country for many years to come."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic challenger, said Buttigieg ran "an inspiring and historic campaign."

Former New York Mayor and 2020 Democrat Mike Bloomberg said Buttigieg's campaign "inspired audiences and made history."

"Our party is stronger and our nation is better because of his run," Bloomberg said on Twitter.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, urged Buttigieg's supporters to join his campaign.

Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organisation, praised Buttigieg's campaign as "transformational."

Singer and actress Mandy Moore said she would be "#teampeteforever."

Actress Sharon Stone said she was "proud" to have worked for Buttigieg's campaign.

NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley said that by stepping out of the race, Buttigieg was being "helpful to the process."

Insider's senior editor for data, Walt Hickey, wrote that by dropping out, Buttigieg may have boosted support for Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

66% of Buttigieg's supporters said that they would also be satisfied if Warren was the nominee, according to an Insider poll, the highest percentage of any rival.

President Donald Trump also reacted to Buttigieg's departure on Twitter, taking the announcement as an opportunity to slam his political rivals.

"Pete Buttigieg is OUT," Trump wrote on Twitter. "All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing."

"This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play - NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!" he added.

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