Andrew Yang ends presidential bid
NASHUA, N.H. — Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday after a meteoric rise that saw him outlast several other higher-profile Democratic candidates.
“While there is great work yet to be done, you know I am the math guy,” Yang told supporters on Tuesday. “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 we will not win,” he continued.
“And so tonight, I am announcing I am suspending my campaign for president,” he said to audible disappointment among his supporters, with one yelling, “We love you, Andrew.”
Yang thanked his supporters in a tweet on Tuesday before it was revealed that he was dropping out.
I am so proud of this campaign. Thank you to everyone who got us here.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) February 12, 2020
Yang defied expectations throughout the campaign, climbing into the race’s mid-tier in the second half of 2019.
The tech entrepreneur outlasted sitting senators and governors in the race, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE (D).
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Yang gained national exposure on the race’s debate stages, making every debate stage except the Des Moines, Iowa, debate in January.
Yang frequently used his time on the debate stage to tout his universal basic income platform, which he called the Freedom Dividend.
The presidential candidate launched the Freedom Dividend Pilot Program in September, in which at least 10 American families will receive $1,000 a month, or $12,000 a year.
“This is how we will get our country working for us again — the American people,” Yang said during the September debate where he announced the program.
Updated at 8:38 p.m.