Andrew Yang has decided to end his 2020 presidential campaign following disappointing results in the Democratic Party primaries.
Businessman Andrew Yang announced his decision to drop out of the 2020 presidential campaign to supporters, dubbed Yang Gang, in Manchester.
Yang said: “While there is great work left to be done, you know I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race. I am not someone who wants to accept donations and support in a race that we will not win. And so, tonight I am announcing I am suspending my campaign for president.”
He mentioned that the it was a difficult decision for him and that he had every intention of staying in the race until the very end. However, he claimed that he was “persuaded that the message of this campaign will not be strengthened by my staying in this race any longer.”
Yang made the announcement a week after disappointing results in Iowa, where the campaign invested millions and spent two weeks on a bus tour leading up to the caucuses. He only garnered 1% support in the state and had to lay off staff afterwards to reduce campaign costs.
However, the businessman argued that his campaign had “outlasted over a dozen senators, governors and members of Congress to become the most exciting force in this entire race.”
He pointed out: “The Yang Gang has fundamentally shifted the direction of this country and transformed our politics, and we are only continuing to grow.”
Yang’s campaign was defined by his happy go-lucky style, with videos of him singing in a church choir, dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle” and crowd surfing at events regularly going viral, helping establish his image as a candidate just happy to be with his fans.