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One shooting proved how wrong we all were about Pete Buttigieg

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Before the unofficial kickoff to the 2020 Democratic primary season, most politically engaged people outside of the state of Indiana had never heard of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

This past January, Buttigieg created an exploratory committee, and that's when "Mayor Pete" started attracting the attention of the media. In many cases, he was fawned over by news anchors and praised disproportionately in print. His credentials remained, for the most part, unexamined.

Buttigieg went to Harvard and then Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He speaks multiple languages, served in the military and if elected, would become the first gay president in United States history. He picked fights early on with Vice President Mike Pence because of his views on gay marriage — and he attracted a lot of positive attention because of it.

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Donations began pouring in, and consistently coverage positively affected polling numbers. When his name got into the mix at the end of March, Buttigieg had the support of 1.8 per cent of Democratic voters. Now? He's at just over 7 per........

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