On the campaign trail, Patrick made a case for compassionate capitalism, the idea that businesses and government can work together in service of public good. While some donors and moderate Democrats said both his message and the messenger were sorely needed, in a primary season dominated by progressives’ calls to break up big corporations and expand government aid programs, Patrick’s arguments seemed to fall flat with some voters.
His exit from the presidential race leaves the Democratic field, once touted as the most diverse in history, without any African-American candidates. Only one other candidate of color remains in the race: Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is Samoan-American.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.