BREAKING: Multiple media outlets are reporting that Pete Buttigieg will suspend his campaign. He is reportedly returning to South Bend to make the official announcement at 8:30PM.
At 6:14pm the campaign emailed out the following info:
South Bend, IN — Tonight, Pete Buttigieg will return to South Bend to deliver remarks. The speech will take place at the Century Center in South Bend.
Sunday, March 1
8:30 PM ET: Pete will deliver remarks in South Bend
Location: Century Center, 120 MLK Jr Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
Three people with knowledge of Buttigieg's decision tell The Associated Press he is informing campaign staff. They were not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
Buttigieg rose to the field's top tier but failed to notch enough wins in the critical early states necessary to keep his bid moving forward. The millennial, Afghan War veteran and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, defied expectations in a field of better-known candidates for months while becoming the first openly gay top contender for a major party nomination.
"Mayor Pete" burst onto the scene with a blitz of national media a year ago and impressive fundraising. He leaned hard into a next-generation message of urgency on pressing issues while preaching a message of hope and inclusion.
This is a developing story.
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — The window is closing for Pete Buttigieg's longshot presidential campaign.
His fourth-place finish in South Carolina exposed a core vulnerability, namely the inability to attract the support of black voters who are vital to any winning Democratic coalition.
Now he heads into Super Tuesday without momentum and scrambling for money against other moderate candidates who have both.
Even some Democrats who are among his admirers are saying that it may be time to consider whether it's wise to go much farther.