Amy Klobuchar to quit White House race, endorse Biden, reports US media

Sen. Amy Klobuchar will quit the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Monday and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Minnesota senator will join her soon-to-be former rival at a rally in Dallas and support his bid for the nomination, a campaign spokesman confirmed.

Klobuchar will leave the race a day before her state holds its presidential primary. Minnesota will award 75 national pledged delegates.

As Klobuchar departs the race and joins former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg who also quited a day earlier, leaves a chunk of the vote up for grabs across the 14 states holding primaries on Tuesday. 

Klobuchar and Buttigieg’s presence in the race threatened to sap delegates from Biden, who narrowly trails Sen. Bernie Sanders in the national delegate race after four contests.  Biden, like Klobuchar, has positioned himself as a pragmatic candidate suited for those uncomfortable with Sanders’ sweeping policy proposals. 

It is unclear whether Klobuchar supporters would be more inclined to support Biden over alternatives such as Sanders, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — though her endorsement could push them in the direction of the former vice president.

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