Feb 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

South Carolina paper The State endorses Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

What they're saying: The paper noted that the eventual Democratic presidential nominee would face a "formidable general election opponent" in President Trump, "an incumbent armed with a strong economic record and a force of personality that has spawned a fiercely loyal base of supporters."

  • That required the Democrats to nominate "an energetic, disciplined candidate who can offer voters a powerful yet pragmatic vision of a better America" and bring Americans together "based on broad common ground — and not divide them along narrow interests," and Buttigieg is "the best person to meet these challenges."

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Pete Buttigieg suspends presidential campaign

Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg announced in a speech in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, Sunday night that he is suspending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The big picture: The 38-year-old, gay, former small-town mayor ran a historic campaign and shocked the political world by surging to the top of the Democratic field and winning the Iowa caucuses in January. But his inability to gain traction with black voters, as exemplified by his poor showing in Saturday's South Carolina primary, called into question the long-term viability of his campaign.

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2020 candidates give glowing praise to Buttigieg as he ends his campaign

Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Feb. 29 event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

As former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced in his hometown that he was suspending his 2020 campaign, many of his former Democratic presidential rivals were lining up to pay tribute to him.

The big picture: Democratic front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Carolina primary winner Joe Biden were among those lauding Buttigieg. Even Sen. Amy Klobuchar — who clashed with Buttigieg over issues including immigration during a fiery Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas last month — had nothing but praise for him.

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What to know about the South Carolina Democratic primary

A bicyclist rides pass campaign signs for Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Tom Steyer the day before the primary in North Charleston, S.C. Photo: Joshua Lott / AFP via Getty Images

South Carolina Democrats cast ballots today, the first in the South, toward picking the party's presidential nominee.

Why it matters: 61% of South Carolina's Democrats are black, and Saturday's primary is the first major test of African-American support for the candidates.