Buttigieg casts ballot in race to replace him as mayor

Buttigieg casts ballot in race to replace him as mayor
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Democratic presidential contender Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE cast his ballot in the race to replace him as the mayor of South Bend, Ind., on Tuesday. 

“We just know that there's still a lot of inequality and a lot of places where opportunity hasn't reached,” Buttigieg said at his polling place in South Bend, according to the city's NBC affiliate WNDU.

“I would think, of course, the new mayor's got to set their priorities but I think, from a community perspective, that's going to be really important," he continued.

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Buttigieg has endorsed his former chief of staff James Mueller in the race against Republican Sean Haas in February. 

The midwestern city has not had a Republican mayor since 1967. 

Buttigieg announced last November that he would not be seeking a third term as mayor, months before launching his presidential campaign. 

The mayor has gained traction in recent polls in the 2020 race, finding himself in the race's top tier, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide MORE (I-Vt.).