Congressman Seth Moulton is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, his spokesman told the Herald this morning.
The Salem rep, and U.S. Marine veteran and Harvard grad, announced his decision this morning and is set to address fellow Democrats this afternoon in San Francisco at the Democratic National Committee’s Summer meeting.
“I have only been in this race since April — I got in later than many of the other candidates — but I couldn’t be more proud of what our team has accomplished over these last several months,” Moulton is set to say during the address according to a copy of his speech.
“Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important to the American people and our future,” he will add, his speech states.
When New Hampshire voters were asked in this week’s Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll to name any of the twentysomething 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Moulton’s name elicited only a blip, with .5% of responders mentioning his name. Another 1.1% of unenrolled voters did recall Moulton was running.
Moulton joins others Democrats in a crowded field who are looking at their low numbers and stepping down. Others who have stepped to the sidelines this week include: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.