Businessman Andrew Yang announced on Tuesday, Feb. 11, that he would drop out of the 2020 presidential race, admitting that his campaign finds it hard to win the race.
“You know I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” The Hill cited Yang as he addressed his supporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday evening.
“I am not someone who wants to accept donations and support in a race we will not win,” he said. “So tonight, I am announcing I am suspending my campaign for president.”
“This is not an easy decision, or something I made lightly with the team. Endings are hard and I’ve always had the intention to stay in the race until the very end,” he continued. “But I have been persuaded that the message of this campaign will not be strengthened by my staying in the race any longer.”
Before announcing the departure from the presidential race, Yang took to Twitter to thank his supporters.
I am so proud of this campaign. Thank you to everyone who got us here. 🙏
— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) February 12, 2020
The 45-year-old tech entrepreneur has created buzz for his campaign by talking about his love of math and touting a universal basic income platform called the Freedom Dividend Pilot Program that would give every American adult $1,000 per month.
Yang defied expectations throughout his campaign. He outlasted sitting senators and governors in the race, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D).
The businessman quit the presidential race shortly before Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet did Tuesday night, bringing the Democratic field to single digits, according to Reuters.