Yang recently shared publicly that he’d need strong support in New Hampshire to move forward with his campaign.
Andrew Yang, the first Asian-American man to run for president has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race.
Despite recent endorsements from public figures like Dave Chappelle and Donald Glover, Yang’s run for the presidency is over. Tuesday evening, the candidate ended his bid, he reportedly shared “I am the math guy, and it’s clear from the numbers that we’re not going to win.” This news follows the New Hampshire primary wins which went to Sen. Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klombuchar.
Yang, an entrepreneur successfully garnered nationwide support despite having no experience in the political realm. According to experts, his run will have a lasting impact for Asian Americans. One of the most significant policies which led to his loyal supporters was a notion of universal basic income and
Anthony Ocompo, a sociologist who focuses on race, LGBTQ issues and more shared the following with NBC:
“The Yang campaign is significant even if it’s over. The optics of an Asian American candidate commanding such widespread support, both in rallies and on social media, signals to aspiring Asian American politicians that there is a pathway for them.”
Additionally, the New York Times reports that the end of his bid comes after he failed to win any pledged delegates in the Iowa caucuses. He also has recently expressed publicly and in newsletters that in order to continue his campaign he’d need to do well in New Hampshire.
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