Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is pulling out of the presidential race, reports the Washington Post.
Yang made it official making the announcement before his supporters Tuesday night in New Hamsphire.
The man who catapulted himself into the national spotlight with his proposal to give $1000 to each adult American says the math no longer adds up.
“I am a numbers guy,” Yang said to the Post. “In most of these
states, I’m not going to be at a threshold where I get delegates, which makes sticking around not necessarily helpful or productive in terms of furthering the goals of this campaign.”
CNN also reported Yang is dropping out. He attracted just 1% support in the Iowa Caucus. Most don’t expect him to due well in today’s New Hampshire primary either.
Yang has been quoted as saying that if a Democrat is elected to the White House, he will likely be offered a position in the administration.
Despite the setback, many Asian Americans looked to Yang as a source of pride, whether they supported him or not. The fact that an Asian American was being seen as a viable leader so deep into the long presidential horse race impressed them. Yang, however, received some criticism for jokingly playing up stereotypes such as Asian Americans being good at math.
California Senator Kamala Harris, who many prognosticators expected to have staying power, dropped out of the Democratic primary before a single vote was cast. Yang’s apparent decision leaves only Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as the only Asian American Pacific Islander candidate left.
She has painted herself as an outsider within the Democratic party and some have speculated she is setting up a third party run. Gabbard has come under attack from former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who called Gabbard a “Russian asset.”