South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for the DNC chair.
Buttigieg spoke during the nominating speeches during the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting on Saturday, Feb. 25.
“We can do math and after speaking non-stop with voters who’ve been kind enough to give us the most serious consideration, I now realize it is time for this process to move on without me,” Buttigieg said. “It is time for this process to move toward a solution we can all get on board with. That means it’s time, for the party, that I step aside.”
So thankful for the @PeteforDNC team and all who supported us, and I look forward to supporting whoever the new chair is to build out party.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 25, 2017
— Democratic Party (@DNC) February 25, 2017
Buttigieg was considered a dark horse candidate in the race with top contenders Tom Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama, and was elected as Chairman on Saturday, and Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, who Perez appointed as Deputy Chair.
.@PeteButtigieg is the future of our party. He served our country, and has served our party by bringing a fresh perspective to our movement.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 25, 2017
The election for party chief involves 442 eligible members of the national party committee. The winner had to capture a majority of votes cast.
BREAKING: Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez elected chairman of the DNC,
defeating Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 25, 2017
Perez, Ellison and other Democrats agree on the need to rebuild the party at the state and local levels. They say those organizations then can capitalize on the widespread opposition to Trump by getting frustrated voters to elect more Democrats.
The Associated Press contributed to this story