Klobuchar ends presidential run; Plans to endorse Biden

Klobuchar was the second presidential candidate to exit the race in less than 24 hours, following Pete Buttigieg's departure late Sunday.

Associated Press
March 02, 2020 - 12:52 pm

(AP) - Amy Klobuchar has suspended her presidential campaign as the Democratic Party's moderate wing coalesces further behind Joe Biden.

Former Vice President Biden is casting himself as the clear moderate alternative to fiery progressive Bernie Sanders now that other moderates are dropping out.

Related: Buttigieg ends historic presidential campaign, urges unity

Former Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out Sunday night, but billionaire businessman Mike Bloomberg is still in.

Klobuchar endorsed Biden, but Buttigieg hasn't endorsed anyone yet.

The action comes just a day before Democrats in 14 states go to the polls on ``Super Tuesday.'' 

Klobuchar canceled a rally in her home state Sunday after protesters took over the stage shouting for her to drop out of the presidential race over the case of a black teen sentenced to life in prison while Klobuchar was the county's top prosecutor.

Klobuchar was scheduled to speak at St. Louis Park High School in suburban Minneapolis ahead of Tuesday's Minnesota primary, which she is fighting to win and notch her first victory. But dozens of protesters entered the gymnasium, raised signs and chanted “black lives matter” and “Myon,” a reference to Myon Burrell, who was convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards.

An Associated Press investigation questioned Klobuchar's handling of the 2002 case, in which Burrell was sent to prison for life following a police investigation some say was flawed. Klobuchar has said if there is new information in the case it should be considered — a response that some activists have said doesn't go far enough.