Deval Patrick drops out after brief leap into 2020 race

  • FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at "Our Rights, Our Courts" forum New Hampshire Technical Institute's Concord Community College, in Concord, N.H. Patrick has ended his campaign for president after his late bid failed to gain traction in the race. Patrick was the last remaining African American candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

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Published: 2/12/2020 1:10:07 PM

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick dropped his presidential bid on Wednesday, just three months after entering the Democratic race.

Patrick, who resigned his post as a managing director at Bain Capital LP to join the race, left the 2020 campaign trail after failing to secure 1% of the vote in the primary in New Hampshire, which borders Massachusetts.

“The vote in New Hampshire last night was not enough for us to create the practical wind at the campaign’s back to go on to the next round of voting,” Patrick said in a statement released by his campaign. “So I have decided to suspend the campaign, effective immediately.”

His withdrawal winnows the Democratic field to eight candidates after Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet pulled out after poor performances in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

Patrick campaigned across the country, focusing some of his energy on South Carolina, where he hoped to cut into Joe Biden’s support among African Americans.

His campaign failed to catch fire, even after two other black candidates, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris, dropped out of the presidential race. He never qualified for any of the presidential debates.

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