Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old openly gay Mayor of South Bend, US state of Indiana, has officially announced his presidential bid.
Buttigieg is joining a crowded, diverse field of more than a dozen Democratic candidates, with progressive appeal featuring his Christian faith and sexual identity.
A veteran of war in Afghanistan, Buttigieg is the first openly gay candidate to pursue a major party presidential nomination.
Buttigieg's campaign has raised over 7 million U.S. dollars in the first quarter of this year.
Latest polls of voters of Iowa and New Hampshire, the earliest states to vote in next year's primary elections, have put Buttigieg in the third place among Democratic contenders.
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