THOMAS BEAUMONT, MEG KINNARD and STEVE PEOPLES
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg, who rose from relative obscurity as an Indiana mayor to a barrier-breaking, top-tier candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on Sunday.
The decision by the first openly gay candidate to seriously contend for the presidency — and among the youngest ever — came just a day after a leading rival, Joe Biden, scored a resounding victory in South Carolina. That sparked new pressure on the party's moderate wing to coalesce behind the former vice president.
"The truth is the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause," Buttigieg, 38, told supporters in South Bend, Indiana. "We must recognize that at this point in the race, the best wa