Monday, July 8, 2019

Swalwell to become first Dem to BITE THE DUST of the presidential primary


By Julia Manchester and Scott Wong 
12:43 PM EDT

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to a House Democratic lawmaker close to the congressman.

Swalwell is expected to make a formal announcement at a press conference this afternoon.

The California lawmaker, who has lagged in polls, would become the first in the crowded Democratic field to drop out of the contest. He took part in the first series of debates late last month.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Swalwell, who is a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, is expected to announce he will launch a reelection bid for his fifth term in the lower chamber.

Speculation swirled over the weekend that Swalwell would be putting an end to his campaign after he canceled Independence Day events in New Hampshire last week.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted June 29-July 1 showed Swalwell polling at zero percent among Democratic primary and caucus voters.

Swalwell made gun control the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, calling for legislation aimed at combatting gun violence.

“On the issue of gun violence, I am the champion who is saying enough is enough, and that has to be a top priority. We can't just respond to the last mass shooting. I want to challenge our candidates to make it a priority too,” Swalwell told The Hill last month.

The Democratic congressman has also touted his youth as a plus in the Democratic primary and even told former Vice President Joe Biden to "pass the torch" to younger generations during the first Democratic debates last month.
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