Once a front-runner in the Democratic nominating contest, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the presidential race, multiple outlets reported Thursday.
Last fall, the Massachusetts senator was polling near the top of the field and looked to be a strong contender for the Democratic nomination, but her chances quickly faded as voters began to cast ballots in the early voting contests.
After a series of disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, Warren limped her way to the biggest day on the Democratic primary calendar, Super Tuesday. With 1,357 delegates up for grabs on the big day, Warren once again underperformed expectations, failing to win any of the 14 states holding primary contests. The bad night included an embarrassing third-place finish in her home state.
Following the weak showing on Tuesday, Warren reportedly flew home to reassess her campaign with staff, despite simultaneously urging supporters to "keep up the momentum." Nonetheless, Warren evidently concluded there was no path forward for her candidacy.
As of Thursday morning, Warren's total pledged delegate count sat at 65, lagging considerably behind Biden's 596 and Sanders' 531.
Warren ran a progressive campaign supposedly aimed at bucking the wealthy and the elites from power and wiping out corruption in Washington, but in the end she was unable to find a viable lane between former Vice President Joe Biden and the left-wing democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).