BY EMMA SPECTER
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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) announced on Thursday that she would exit the 2020 presidential race, leaving Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) to battle it out for the Democratic nomination.
“We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together—what you have done—has made a lasting difference. It’s not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters—and the changes will have ripples for years to come,” Warren said in a public statement on Thursday afternoon, adding, “We have shown that a woman can stand up, hold her ground, and stay true to herself—no matter what.”
Despite Warren’s strong showing in the various Democratic debates—particularly at the ninth debate, when she excoriated Michael Bloomberg for his treatment of women—her campaign suffered significant setbacks on Super Tuesday, including her coming in third to Biden and Sanders even in her home state of Massachusetts.
Warren’s decades of political experience and aura of preparation were central to the campaign, leading to the popular slogan “Warren has a plan for that,” and she was still ahead of President Donald Trump in general election polls as of late February. Ultimately, though, she failed to gain the necessary political traction to push her over the finish line.
Now that Warren has exited the campaign, one question looms: Does she have “a plan for that” when it comes to endorsing a remaining presidential hopeful? Will she follow in the steps of Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) and back Biden, or will she break with the centrist Democratic establishment and rally around Sanders?
It would make sense for Warren to back Sanders; they do, after all, align on many progressive views, such as their shared support for “Medicare for all,” even if their thoughts on how to pay for it differ, and they’d long been allied in the Senate before the 2020 race heated up in earnest. Still, if there’s one thing this dizzying election season has taught us, it’s to expect the unexpected. All we can do now is wait and see what the Warren camp has in store.