Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSome realistic solutions for income inequality Democratic senators kneel during moment of silence for George Floyd 21 senators urge Pentagon against military use to curb nationwide protests MORE (D-Colo.) ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday after early returns in the New Hampshire primary showed him with less than 1 percent of the vote in the Granite State.
Bennet launched his campaign last spring but struggled to gain traction in the crowded primary field. He largely punted on a campaign in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, opting instead to compete in New Hampshire.
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But even there he never struck a chord with voters. As primary returns in the state were counted on Tuesday night, they showed Bennet lagging far behind the field’s top-tier candidates.
Bennet pursued the moderate lane in the primary, warning against backing a candidate who would push the Democratic Party too far to the left. On the other hand, he pitched himself as an escape from the chaos and drama of the Trump administration.
“If you elect me president, I promise you won’t have to think about me for two weeks at a time,” he tweeted last summer.
But in a crowded primary field with high-profile candidates such as 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 (I-Vt.) and 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, Bennet ultimately failed to resonate with Democratic primary voters nervously in search of a nominee capable of defeating Trump in November.
Bennet was the second candidate to end his presidential bid Tuesday night. His announcement came less than an hour after another hopeful, former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE, suspended his campaign.