By Michelle Quinn | VOA News |
SAN FRANCISCO – Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has dropped out of the race to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, after a weak showing in the 14 states that held primaries Tuesday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden won nine states, including the delegate-rich state of Texas. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the state with the most delegates, California, as well as Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont. Bloomberg won American Samoa, the U.S. territory, gaining five of its six delegates, while picking up three more delegates in Colorado and one in Arkansas.
“Three months ago, I entered the race for President to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump – because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult,” Bloomberg said in a statment Wednesday. “I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden.”