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Tulsi Gabbard drops out of 2020 race—and endorses Joe Biden?

Team Tulsi is throwing in the towel

Mar 19, 2020, 10:48 am

Tech

David Covucci 

David Covucci

If in December of 2019 you took a nationwide poll asking who the final three 2020 Democrats left would be, just about no one would have given you the combination of Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

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But 2020 is strange times, and Gabbard, without getting votes or support or donations, somehow persisted.

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But now Team Tulsi is throwing in the towel, and she’s endorsing Biden.

Gabbard said Thursday that the will of Democratic voters had been expressed through the first half of the primaries, and it’s clear they want Biden.

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She pledged to throw her support behind him while noting the need for strong compassionate leadership as America and the world combats coronavirus.

It’s an intriguing end to one of the most confounding campaigns on record, Gabbard was an anti-establishment candidate who seemingly attacked her rivals whimsically and without a strategy, garnering attention on the internet but almost nowhere else.

She took down Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), fired shots at Hillary Clinton, and went to war with tech giants.

Along the way, she was accused of being a Russian asset and developed a following in the far-right.

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In the midst of the race, she chose not to vote to impeach President Donald Trump. She was the only Democrat who abstained.

Through all of that, she outlasted Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Given her disdain for mainstream Dems, the Biden endorsement is not the ending most Tulsi fans would expect. But the element of surprise makes it the ultimate Gabbard move.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2020, 10:48 am