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Two Governors Withdraw from Presidential Race

Posted at 4:36 pm August 22, 2019, in 2020 Election, U.S. Governors

BlogLogoAnd then there was one.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) announced yesterday that he would end his campaign for president. He joins former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D), who ended his presidential campaign last week. Hickenlooper later announced that he plans to instead run for U.S. Senate in 2020; Inslee will run for a third term as governor.

That leaves only one candidate with gubernatorial experience in the Democratic primary race: Montana Governor Steve Bullock. But there is no guarantee that Bullock will take the stage when the candidates meet for the third Democratic debate on September 12 in Houston. He will need to meet the new threshold of 2% in four national polls and 130,000 unique donors. As of now, Bullock has not met either requirement. Like Hickenlooper, Bullock has been pressured by some members of the party to abandon his run for president and run for the Senate instead.

Regardless, it seems almost certain at this point that 2020 will feature the third presidential election of the past four without a major party nominee with gubernatorial experience at the top of the ticket.*

*Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld remains in the Republican primary race, but is considered a significant longshot to mount a significant challenge to incumbent President Donald Trump.


-Kristoffer Shields