Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Eric Swalwell will reportedly drop out of 2020 race

Eric Swalwell will reportedly drop out of 2020 race

But with receiving 1 percent or less in national polls, it is likely that Swalwell would not make it onto the stage for the second Democratic primary debate at the end of this month. He will face a primary challenge in his bid to return to his House seat for a fifth term. "This was not a vanity project".

Swalwell consistently polled in the bottom tier of candidates, failing to even register support in some polls.

Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist, had previously stated he would not run for president in 2020 but reportedly told staffers last week he would formally launch a presidential campaign on Tuesday. If he ran, he said, he'd offer the sort of generational change that candidates like Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris confronting the former vice president for opposing forced school busing for racial integration in the 1970s.

"I'm just so thankful that he ran, and that he ran on doing something about gun violence", said Fred Guttenberg, the Parkland father whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was one of 17 students and educators killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. "If I don't, I'm going to be realistic about my options", he told The Hill.

But Swalwell struggled to stand out amid a crowded field.

The 38-year-old congressman had hoped to cast himself as part of a new generation of leaders; but others, such as South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, have instead claimed that ground in the early stages of the 2020 primary. "I think she turns 35 next July".

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On Monday, Swalwell sought to clarify his past comments.

When asked if other candidates should follow his lead and drop out, the California congressman responded by saying it's a "personal decision", but he did express support for DNC chairman Tom Perez for how he structured the debates. If Swalwell had still been a presidential contender at that point, he wouldn't seek both offices, he said.

During his tenure in Congress, Swalwell became best-known for his omnipresent cable news appearances.

Swalwell's district in the Bay Area is heavily Democratic. The organization, which he chaired from when it started in 2015 until this year, gave him the chance to visit more than 50 cities around the country.

Swalwell has been a rising star in the House Democratic caucus mentored by current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and made gun control the centerpiece of his campaign with an aggressive agenda to peel back gun rights with sweeping regulations.

He was apparently not bored enough with his day job to give it up, and it's to preserve his House seat before it was gobbled up by other ambitious Democrats that he has apparently chose to call it a day after failing to make a big splash in the first candidate debate, for which he qualified by the skin of his teeth.

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