Steve Bullock has officially ended his longshot 2020 campaign for President.
The Hill reports
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
(D) on Monday formally dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, ending a longshot campaign that failed to catch fire even as he attracted support from senior party officials and operatives.
Bullock, 53, was the only candidate in the Democratic contest who won election in a red state on the same day President Trump
won the White House. He based his campaign on a promise to win back areas where Democrats have lost voters in recent years.
But he faced the same headwinds as two other governors who had already dropped their campaigns, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
(D) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
(D): None could build a national movement to compete with a top tier led by a former vice president and two prominent senators.
“I entered this race as a voice to win back the places we lost, bridge divides and rid our system of the corrupting influence of dark money,” Bullock said in a statement. “While the concerns that propelled me to enter in the first place have not changed, I leave this race filled with gratitude and optimism, inspired and energized by the good people I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the course of the campaign.”
“While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates,” Bullock said.
Bullock’s exit likely means the end of a twelve-year career in elected office. While some Democrats wanted Bullock to run against Sen. Steve Daines
(R) next year, his campaign spokeswoman said that option was still off the table.
“While he plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020, it will be in his capacity as a governor and a senior voice in the Democratic primary — not as a candidate for U.S. Senate,” the spokeswoman, Galia Slayden, said in a statement.