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He raised tens of millions, qualified for all but one Democratic debate, and laid claim to a devoted fan following: the so-called Yang Gang.But entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the self-declared “Asian math guy”, has suspended his presidential bid after a lacklustre finish in the New Hampshire primary. While his White House dreams have dimmed, the politically novice Mr Yang managed to out-perform many of the seasoned politicians in the field. Announcing his departure from the 2020 race Tuesday night, he told supporters: “While we did not win this election, we are just getting started. This is the beginning. This movement is the future of American politics.”But where exactly does that leave the Yang Gang, and where will they go next? Who is Andrew Yang? The tech entrepreneur was virtually unknown when he entered the Democratic race more than two years ago, in November 2017. But the story of Mr Yang’s long-shot campaign is one of unexpected success. He outlasted a New York City mayor, former and current governors and several prominent US senators, including Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Casting himself as a political outsider, Mr Yang used his signature self-deprecating humour to sell his chief campaign proposal: universal basic income. He proposed a $1,000 (£770.00) monthly “freedom dividend” to all Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 as a financial cushion against job losses due to increased automation.
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Media caption”The Math guy” admits the numbers made it clear he could not win.At a Democratic debate in September, Mr Yang announced he would be giving away a total of $120,000 throughout the year to 10 American families, as part of a pilot programme for the freedom dividend. Mr Yang’s atypical approach earned him a loyal following – especially among young people – who travelled to campaign for him for around the country. According to a January Morning Consult poll, 71% of his supporters were under the age of 45 – compared to 42% of Democratic primary voters overall – outstripping even Bernie Sanders, the septuagenarian Vermont senator famously adored by young voters. He warned against the dangers of automation and emphasised data-driven solutions, drawing support from famous Silicon Valley figures like Tesla’s Elon Musk and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Comedian Dave Chapelle, rapper Childish Gambino and actor Nicolas Cage were among the celebrities who backed him. When Mr Yang announced he was leaving the race, Mr Dorsey tweeted that he was “Really sad Andrew is dropping out.”Mr Yang was “an incredibly authentic person who was focused on solving the big existential problems facing the world,” Mr Dorsey wrote. “#yanggangforever.”
Farewell to the leader of the ‘Yang Gang’Zhaoyin Feng, BBC Chinese Service, Washington Yang opened a new chapter of history as the first prominent Asian-American presidential candidate. “If Yang were white, I believe he