Michael Bennet ends presidential bid

Michael Bennet ends presidential bid

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHillicon Valley: Facebook launches portal for coronavirus information | EU sees spike in Russian misinformation on outbreak | Senate Dem bill would encourage mail-in voting | Lawmakers question safety of Google virus website We need a massive economic response to counter the threat of the coronavirus Senator calls for cybersecurity review at health agencies after hacking incident MORE (D-Colo.) ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday after early returns in the New Hampshire primary showed him with less than 1 percent of the vote in the Granite State. 

Bennet launched his campaign last spring but struggled to gain traction in the crowded primary field. He largely punted on a campaign in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, opting instead to compete in New Hampshire. 

But even there he never struck a chord with voters. As primary returns in the state were counted on Tuesday night, they showed Bennet lagging far behind the field’s top-tier candidates.

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Bennet pursued the moderate lane in the primary, warning against backing a candidate who would push the Democratic Party too far to the left. On the other hand, he pitched himself as an escape from the chaos and drama of the Trump administration.

“If you elect me president, I promise you won’t have to think about me for two weeks at a time,” he tweeted last summer.

But in a crowded primary field with high-profile candidates such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE, Bennet ultimately failed to resonate with Democratic primary voters nervously in search of a nominee capable of defeating Trump in November.

Bennet was the second candidate to end his presidential bid Tuesday night. His announcement came less than an hour after another hopeful, former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangSolving the coronavirus economic downturn — good psychology makes for good politics and policy Andrew Yang nonprofit to dole out checks to 500 households Senate GOP mulls forgivable loans to businesses to halt layoffs, bankruptcies MORE, suspended his campaign.