Pete Buttigieg, the gay Midwestern mayor who made a surprisingly strong start in the Democratic primaries, but received only 8.2 percent yesterday in South Carolina's primary, has informed campaign workers that he'll suspend his campaign. "Mayor Pete" vaulted from South Bend, Indiana's chief executive to an unlikely moderate contender, winning the most delegates in Feb. 3 the Iowa Caucuses. At 38, he was also the youthful alternative to a field dominated by septuagenarians.
How does this affect the race? OZY Politics Editor Daniel Malloy says Buttigieg's exit will be a boost to former Vice President Joe Biden, as he consolidates support ahead of Super Tuesday.