MANCHESTER NH DECEMBER 16: Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick speaks at the mental health town hall, Monday, December 16, 2019, at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH. (Jim Michaud / MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Deval Patrick announced just after noon he has decided to “suspend” his campaign for president following a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary.

Patrick said in a statement: “I have decided to suspend the campaign, effective immediately. … I could see last night in the faces of many of our supporters that this setback is hard. But let’s keep our perspective.”

Patrick, the last African American left in the race, came in ninth place in the first-in-the-nation primary with 0.4% of the vote, according to preliminary results. He finished just after Andrew Yang, who also dropped out of the race, and just ahead of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who also quit the race.

Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts and close friend of former President Barack Obama, knocked the media for saying he got into the Democratic race for president too late.

“Many in the media have noted that I entered the race “late.” As a direct and limiting consequence, I’ve met many people on the campaign trail who lament how they wished I had entered the race sooner. As I hope you know, I entered this race when I could, and not a moment before I should have,” he said in his statement Wednesday.

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