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Jim Webb drops out of Democratic nomination race

Former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president, but is apparently thinking about running as an independent. He made the announcement at the National Press Club in Washington at noon Central time.

Webb, a Marine and decorated Vietnam veteran, also served in the Defense Department during the Reagan Administration.

He never registered in the polls during his candidacy, didn’t raise much money and didn’t engineer a breakthrough during the first debate.

In his remarks today, Webb said: “More people in this country call themselves political independents than Republicans or Democrats. I happen to agree with them.”

If he does launch an independent bid, it isn’t clear whether he would attract more support from the Democratic or the Republican ticket because of his centrist profile. But, as the New York Times noted in its coverage of Webb’s withdrawal announcement, “independent campaigns are notoriously difficult because of financial and ballot access obstacles.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/20/2015 - 01:37 pm.


    He was never really in it.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/20/2015 - 04:58 pm.

    He was never really in it

    …and, given how independent campaigns usually go, I suspect he will never really BE in it.

  3. Submitted by Bill Kahn on 10/21/2015 - 11:25 am.

    He took a shot

    He got and took a shot. He blew it.

    At least the DNC and CNN let him debate.

    An independent campaign makes more sense for Larry Lessig if the DNC continues to ignore his campaign, but a modestly successful independent bid only provides a plurality victory for the worst nightmare of those supporting it. I don’t see Lessig going that way unless the DNC continues on an undemocratic path.

    I can see the Lessig message of campaign finance and electoral reform taking hold for a successful independent bid, but wouldn’t it be better to have one’s party let that message of fixing our democracy first, get out?

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