WASHINGTON – Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) will announce in a speech on Friday afternoon that he is no longer a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, according to prepared remarks his campaign provided to media outlets.
“Today, I want to use this opportunity, with all of you here, to announce that I am ending my campaign for president,” Moulton is expected to tell attendees at a Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco. “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.”
The New York Times first reported on Friday morning that Moulton intends to exit the race.
Moulton’s candidacy was considered a long shot. He seldom polled above 1%.
Because of that, and problems raising money, Moulton did not qualify for participation in the first two rounds of Democratic debates. The threshold is even higher for the debates scheduled for September. Only 10 of the now-21 candidates have thus far met the criteria for participation.
Polls show former Vice President Joe Biden as the front runner.
Moulton, 40, has served in Congress since 2015. He is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served four tours of duty in Iraq.