Feb 12, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Deval Patrick drops out of 2020 presidential race

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Wednesday, thinning the Democratic field even further after the New Hampshire primary, CNN reports.

The big picture: Patrick was a late entrant to the race, announcing his candidacy in November and missing the filing deadlines for both Alabama and Arkansas. With less than three months to build momentum for the Iowa caucuses, he failed to make a splash in the polls and did not qualify for any debates.

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Deval Patrick on the issues, in under 500 words

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Editor's Note: Patrick dropped out of the race on February 12th, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Democrat Deval Patrick is a businessman and was the first black governor of Massachusetts. He has close personal ties to former President Obama and some of his closest advisers.

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Andrew Yang qualifies for February debates

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The next Democratic debate scheduled for Feb. 7 will fall after the Iowa caucuses, four days before the New Hampshire primary, ABC News reports.

The latest: Andrew Yang on Jan. 26 became the seventh Democrat to qualify for the February debate after polling above 5% in UNH/CNN's New Hampshire survey, his fourth qualifying poll.

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Bloomberg to double TV ad spending amid Iowa uncertainty

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Mike Bloomberg on Tuesday authorized his 2020 presidential campaign to capitalize on the uncertainty of the Iowa caucuses result by doubling television advertising spending and expanding staff in the field to 2,000 people, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Bloomberg is skipping the four early contests in February and hoping to make a national splash on Super Tuesday on March 3. By positioning himself as a moderate best suited to defeat Trump, the billionaire and former New York mayor would stand to benefit from no clear front-runner emerging from the early contests.