Mar 5, 2024 - News

Flashback to a Super Tuesday 20 years ago in Raleigh

Presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards withdrew his bid for the presidency on March 3, 2004 in Raleigh. Photo: Shaun Heasley/Getty Images

Twenty years ago this March, U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina returned home to Raleigh to end his presidential campaign after failing to win any primaries on Super Tuesday.

Flashback: Edwards, then a first-term Senator, was considered a long shot to win the 2004 Democratic nomination, but his campaign fared better than many expected.

  • He would end up being the last major candidate to drop out, paving the way for John Kerry — who would then make Edwards his pick for vice president — to win the nomination.
  • Edwards dropped out in a speech at Broughton High School.
  • He won two primaries. The North Carolina caucus (his home state) and the South Carolina primary (his birth state).
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