Delaney ends White House bid

Delaney ends White House bid
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Former Maryland Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world The Hill's Campaign Report: Four-way sprint to Iowa finish line MORE (D) dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary on Friday, just days before Monday's Iowa caucuses. 

"I'm announcing this morning that I'm withdrawing from the 2020 race," Delaney said on CNN's "New Day." 

"I've campaigned harder than anyone in Iowa through all 99 counties. I've done hundreds of events across this great state, but it's clear to me on Monday, on caucus night, I will not have sufficient support to get to the 15 percent viability threshold," he continued. 

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Delaney added that his support was strong enough to peel away votes from other moderate candidates. 

"I just don't want to do that, because I think we need a candidate that's running in the center," he said. 

Delaney said he was not endorsing in the race yet but said a number of candidates, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap MORE (D-Minn.) fit his criteria for a moderate candidate who could unite the country.

“It’s clear to me that to have the best chance of beating Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE, which is the most important thing for our party at this moment in time, and to actually be able to govern ... we need someone with that type of orientation,” he said.

“I think we’ve clearly shaped the debate in a very positive way,” he said.

Delaney said that he would support whoever wins the Democratic nomination, but cautioned that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE’s (I-Vt.) progressive platform did not show “responsible leadership.”

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“People like Bernie Sanders who are running on throwing the whole U.S. economy out the window and starting from scratch, he’s running on taking private health insurance away from 180 million Americans, I just think that makes our job so much harder, in terms of beating Donald Trump,” he said.

The former congressman regularly hit Sanders, along with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCandidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap Bloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio MORE (D-Mass.), during the campaign, targeting them for their progressive economic and health care platforms. 

Delaney was the first candidate to jump into the 2020 Democratic primary, launching his campaign in 2017. He spent the bulk of his time and resources campaigning in Iowa. 

However, Delaney, who largely self-funded his campaign, was never able to break out of the race's lower tier. 

He qualified for the first two primary debates in June and July but did not make the following forums. 

A Morning Consult poll released last month showed Delaney polling at 1 percent. 

Updated at 8:30 a.m.