California Democrat Eric Swalwell has dropped his bid for the Dem nomination in 2020. He is the first one to do so.
This shouldn’t really surprise anyone, as Swalwell never even cracked one percent in the polls.
FOX News reports:
Rep. Eric Swalwell drops out of 2020 Dem presidential primary
California Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday dropped out of the race for his party’s presidential nomination, becoming the first of what’s expected to be many Democrats to give up their presidential aspirations as the crowded field winnows down.
Swalwell, who in recent polls failed to garner even one percent among primary and caucus voters, said he was abandoning his presidential run in favor of focusing on getting reelected to House of Representatives.
“Being honest with ourselves, we had to look at how much money we were raising and where we were in the polls,” Swalwell said during a news conference at a union hall in Dublin, Calif. “We have to be honest about our candidacy.”
He added: “Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of a new opportunity in Congress.”
Swalwell did not endorse any of his former primary rivals, saying only that he is impressed with the experience of the field.
Watch his statement below:
Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell just dropped out of the race.
Swalwell rose to prominence as a member of the House Intelligence Committee defending the Russia investigation and taking on Trump.
— POLITICO (@politico) July 8, 2019
Some have noticed Swalwell’s weird choice of words:
JUST IN: @EricSwalwell ends his 2020 presidential bid. "There will be a time that everything is over. That will be the beginning. Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of an opportunity in Congress … to bring that promise of America to all Americans."
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) July 8, 2019
If everything is over, that's the end, not the beginning.
This is some AOC-level gobbledygook. https://t.co/OCUW5uIVH9
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) July 8, 2019
This tweet says it all:
Nothing says credible campaign like polling behind Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang.
— Zack Czajkowski (@ZCzajkowski) July 8, 2019
Which candidate will be next?