WASHINGTON – Rep. Eric Swalwell of California later today is expected to become the first prominent Democrat to drop out of the 2020 presidential race, according to multiple media reports.
Swalwell is scheduled to hold a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Dublin, California at 4 p.m. EDT. He is expected to make the announcement at that time.
Swalwell announced his candidacy in April. He has consistently polled in the low single-digits.
Swalwell, 38, was elected to Congress in 2013. He sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.
Swalwell’s exit means the Democratic field will now include 23 candidates. However, if reports that say billionaire hedge fund manager and environmental activist Tom Steyer will soon enter the race are true, that number will again rise to 24.
Polls show former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack.