Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has decided to end her presidential campaign following disappointing Super Tuesday results.
A favorite of the liberal left, the 70-year-old had been a front-runner in the Democratic field.
The Democratic contest to take on President Donald Trump in November is now seen as a two-horse race between former VP Joe Biden, 77, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, 78.
Elizabeth Warren said she needed some time to decide who to support.
Her departure may clear the path for Bernie Sanders in particular – the sole progressive candidate left in the race.
Despite early momentum for her campaign, Elizabeth Warren failed to convert enthusiasm into votes in the first primary contests of 2020, not winning a single state.
With Elizabeth Warren’s departure, a Democratic race that began with a record high of female candidates is now effectively left to two male front-runners, who praised her and her campaign.
Asked how she made the decision to drop out, Elizabeth Warren said she returned to the issues that anchored her campaign – the vast costs of student loan debt, healthcare, and childcare that plague millions of Americans.
The former Harvard law professor was vaulted into the political arena more than a decade ago as she pushed for tougher regulation of the financial sector after the 2008 economic collapse.
In 2010, Elizabeth Warren helped the Obama White House set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a Wall Street watchdog agency she championed.
Two years later, Elizabeth Warren rode that momentum to a seat in the Senate for Massachusetts.