This is a developing story.
Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will suspend his presidential bid, ending a remarkable campaign where he became the first openly gay presidential candidate to win a state.
A source with Buttigiegs campaign tells VICE News that hed changed his travel plans to head back to his hometown Sunday evening and would make a speech there formalizing his decision.
The decision comes after his meteoric rise in the race flamed out in recent weeks. Buttigieg jumped into the race a little-known, 37-year-old small-town mayor whose greatest national exposure had been a losing campaign to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
But his eloquent speaking style, biography as a former Rhodes Scholar and military veteran, and the historic nature of his candidacy helped vault him suddenly into the top tier of the presidential race last year.
Cover: Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)