Another Candidate Bites the Dust

( – In a groundbreaking landscape that favors the Republican Party within the 2024 presidential elections, Representative Dean Phillips ended his unsuccessful Democratic primary bid against Joe Biden after disappointing results in the party’s 16 Super Tuesday contests.

In a statement on X, the 55-year-old Phillips (D-Minn.) said he entered the presidential race “because Americans were demanding an alternative, and democracy demands options. But it is clear that alternative is not me.”

Phillips also added, “And it is clear that Joe Biden is OUR candidate and OUR opportunity to demonstrate what type of country America is and intends to be.

The Democratic lawmaker first warned his supporters in November that he would conclude his run if his campaign was “not viable after March 5” and that he would support “the likely nominee—Biden or otherwise.”

Likewise, Phillips stated that he would campaign for the Democratic Party as he was campaigning for himself. He said that he was not there to play any games and that the object was to raise the chances of defeating former president Donald Trump.

Phillips was reminded of that vow as results came in Tuesday night, while California Governor Gavin Newsom publicly urged Phillips to withdraw the race and endorse Biden.

Furthermore, Phillips failed to break into double-digit support in any of the 13 Super Tuesday states where he was listed on the ballot.

In addition to his humiliation, Phillips only drew 7.8% support in his home state of Minnesota and failed to get a single vote in the American Samoa caucus, which was won by little-known Baltimore-based investor Jason Palmer.

As one of the wealthiest members of Congress, Phillips initiated his primary campaign out of New Hampshire and managed to get 19.6% of the vote in the first Democratic primary.

The lawmaker downplayed his initial low voting numbers and told reporters in New Hampshire he would continue self-funding his campaign as part of “the most important philanthropic pursuit of my life,” where he already spent over $5 million.

Phillips unveiled his policy platform throughout his campaign and supported policies to the left of Biden, which included reparations, universal basic income and Medicare for all.

He also criticized Biden’s border policies and claimed Biden’s age was “dangerous” for the country.

The Minnesotan also faced problems with ballot access and launched legal challenges against Florida Democrats after the Sunshine State primary was canceled.

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