One billionaire out: Tom Steyer bows out of Democratic presidential race after 3rd-place finish in South Carolina
Billionaire activist Tom Steyer has given up on his presidential bid after failing to win any delegates in South Carolina, according to projections. Steyer has been accused of buying his way into the race, having spent millions.
Steyer dug deep into his own pockets, spending about $20 million of his own money in South Carolina alone in hopes of overcoming the 15-percent threshold that would have allowed him to win delegates in the fourth and final early voting contest before Super Tuesday.
However, it was not to be, as Steyer is now projected to win less than 12 percent of the vote in the primary, dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden.
“I can’t see a path where I can win the presidency,” Steyer said, announcing his decision to put an end to his campaign.
While the former hedge fund manager from California and avowed environmentalist drops out of the race, the other billionaire – former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg – remains in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, even though Super Tuesday will mark the first occasion he appears on any primary ballots.Also on rt.com Trump calls on Bloomberg to end his ‘joke of a campaign’ to not chip away at Biden’s votes after former VP’s South Carolina win
While Steyer’s absence from the race is not likely to upset many Democrat voters (he was polling at about two percent nationwide), he did have one viral moment.
Poor @TomSteyer. He spent millions of dollars trying to buy votes in South Carolina, only to lose them all with one painfully embarrassing “dance.” 😂pic.twitter.com/slz8CpAHPS— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) February 29, 2020
Hours before the South Carolina primary, Steyer’s name made headlines after he was filmed dancing enthusiastically alongside rapper Juvenile singing ‘Back That Azz Up’ during a campaign rally in Columbia, South Carolina.
However, the stunt, whether impromptu or not, apparently did not boost the billionaire’s chances, with some saying the “painfully embarrassing dance” just made it worse.
Tom Steyer spent ~$250 Million to dance with Juvenile, wear the same plaid tie on national television four times, win exactly one delegate, and then drop out. https://t.co/kW0ppVdYtO— Matt (@PanasonicDX4500) March 1, 2020
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