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Three Ways of Looking at Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 Campaign

Dan Drezner reflects on Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, via his Washington Post column.

Like many political observers, the hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts was not expecting anyone significant to drop out of the 2020 Democratic race between the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday. There was only a three-day window between the two events, and anyone who had accumulated delegates in the first four races had a legitimate argument to see how Tuesday’s contests would play out.

In that way, Pete Buttigieg managed to surprise everyone again. He suspended his campaign last night. As my Post colleagues Chelsea Janes and Amy B Wang reported: “The development marks an abrupt end to what was briefly an ascendant candidacy, as Buttigieg won the Iowa caucuses and came in second in New Hampshire. But despite attracting enormous attention, significant support and sometimes enthusiastic crowds, there was no clear path forward toward the nomination.”

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