Deval Patrick Formally Announces Presidential Bid

CBS News reports:

Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts, has announced that he is running for president in the 2020 race. Patrick made it official in an online video posted early Thursday morning. Patrick will be a guest on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday for his first interview following his announcement.

A CBS News contributor since September, Patrick will no longer serve in that role. “Governor Patrick has been a political contributor to CBS News but in light of this decision, the network will be discontinuing that relationship,” CBS News said.

It is unclear how Patrick’s late decision to join the fray could reshape the Democratic contest. The Iowa caucus is less than three months away on February 3. And he starts far behind in a record-sized field that polling shows is now divided into two tiers — with the top tier consisting of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.