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Democrat Andrew Yang ends presidential bid

Democrat Andrew Yang ends presidential bid

The businessman pulled the plug as New Hampshire primary results rolled in

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced Tuesday night he will be ending his campaign for the White House, breaking the news as results rolled in from the New Hampshire primary held that day.

What are the details?

Yang told the Washington Post of his decision, "I am a numbers guy. In most of these [upcoming] states, I'm not going to be at a threshold where I get delegates, which makes sticking around not necessarily helpful or productive in terms of furthering the goals of this campaign."

The businessman — who ran on the promise of providing Americans a universal basic income of $1,000 a month — was a long-shot candidate who outlasted several well-known politicians in the race. He ran for two years, gaining nationwide name recognition and a devoted following who dubbed themselves the Yang Gang.

But ultimately, as the numbers came in from New Hampshire, he decided it was time to throw in the towel.

"There was a part of me that thought that we might be able to win this race and get this done this cycle," Yang told Politico. "And so there's a lot of disappointment, because when you're goal oriented and you're a builder, it's very hard to pat yourself on the back and say 'job well done' if you didn't win. But rationally and objectively, I know that we've done something unprecedented and remarkable."

In a speech Tuesday night, Yang told supporters, "I will support whoever is the Democratic nominee. That said, I hope this campaign can be a message and a word of caution and guidance to my Democratic colleagues that Donald Trump is not the cause of all of our problems."

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