Klobuchar Drops Out, New National Polling Shows Biden And Sanders Neck-And-Neck In Dem Race

Amy Klobuchar, a moderate senator from Minnesota, will announce later on Monday that she is dropping her bid to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.

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Klobuchar will also announce on Monday her endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden to become the party’s nominee instead. The Minnesota senator will join Biden at a rally in Dallas, Texas, that evening, the New York Times reported.

Klobuchar had mixed success during her campaign. She came in third place in New Hampshire’s primary, outdoing Biden and other better-known candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But she failed to keep that momentum going.

In the latest data collected from Morning Consult, Klobuchar was polling at just 3 percent among voters planning to vote in future Democratic primaries.

That same polling shows that the race to become that party’s nominee now appears to be neck-and-neck, between Biden, who is riding on momentum from a decisive win in South Carolina this past weekend, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won in New Hampshire and Nevada, and won a majority in Iowa’s Caucus vote (though he lost to former Mayor Pete Buttigieg in delegates attained in that state).

Among Democratic voters, Sanders has the most support at the moment, with 29 percent saying they plan to vote for him in upcoming contests. Biden comes in second, with 26 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percent, which means the gap between the two could be closer.

In third place, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received 17 percent of the vote in the poll, with Sen. Warren getting 11 percent.

Super Tuesday is set to occur this week. Before South Carolina’s results over the weekend, it seemed that the momentum was fully in Sanders’s hands. Now, it’s anyone’s guess what the results will be, based on these new numbers, and the fact that two moderates, Klobuchar and Buttigieg, dropped out, likely resulting in most of their supporters joining up with Biden’s camp.

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