Despite defeat, Klobuchar should hold her head high

Even when running behind better-funded and better-known candidates, Amy Klobuchar refused to pander to voters. She told them hard truths about what was possible and how best to achieve the progress needed on so many fronts.

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March 4, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar greets marchers during an event celebrating the 55th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, March 1, 2020, Selma, Ala. Photo by (Robin Rayne/Zuma Press/TNS)

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar abruptly ended her presidential bid on Monday, one day before her home state’s presidential primary, where she had been running ahead late last month.

Her decision is a blow to voters in this state who were excited to cast a ballot for a hometown candidate who represented some of the best Minnesota has to offer. But Minnesotans can still be proud that Klobuchar conducted a campaign with integrity, common sense and strong respect for the middle ground that so many Americans prefer.

Even when running behind better-funded and better-known candidates, Klobuchar refused to pander to voters. She told them hard truths about what was possible and how best to achieve the progress needed on so many fronts. In a race that started out with a field so large that debates were staged over two nights, Klobuchar managed to outlast many of the candidates. Her moderate message resonated widely enough to bring her a number of endorsements, including from the Star Tribune Editorial Board.

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