This week has marked the end for two of the campaigns for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced the end of his bid for the democratic nomination on Tuesday, and today former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee ended his own campaign. The field for both Republicans and Democrats combined now stands at 19.
Both candidates had a poor showing at the Democratic Presidential debate, with Webb coming across as grumpy and more than a little creepy to some viewers, and Chafee simply failing to connect with the audience throughout the two hour debate. Neither candidate had polled above six percent, and were consistently overshadowed by rumors of a potential Joe Biden run.
Another commonality between Webb and Chafee is their path across the political parties. Both were once Republicans, with Webb serving as President Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy and Chafee spending his entire tenure in the senate under the republican banner. Their centrist politics became increasingly unwelcome in a GOP leaning further and further to the right, leading both to abandon the party.
Of the five candidates who attended the debate, only one of the long shots remains. Martin O’Malley, who continues to poll in the low single digits, scored big points for his closing statements. Speculation continues to circulate that O’Malley is aiming for a Vice Presidential bid. While most of the chatter has assumed a Clinton victory, O’Malley would make a fine veep to Sanders, whose age has been a source of real concern even among supporters.
One candidate for the Democratic nomination who was not invited to the event was Lawrence Lessig, founder of the Creative Commons project and board member of many free press and digital rights organizations. Lessig remains in the race, and has abandoned his earlier promise to quit the presidency once his goal of overturning Citizens United is accomplished, but continues to barely make a blip in polling data.
Jim Webb has left the door open to an Independent bid for president, but it’s hard to imagine that the man who couldn’t make a dent in the Democratic race could stand a chance against the ultimate victors of the contentious major party nominations.
Photo Credits: Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Jim Gilmore, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush: Gage Skidmore, Flickr; Carly Fiorina: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons; John Kasich, Scott Walker: Michael Vadon, Wikimedia Commons; George Pataki: Christopher Peterson, Wikimedia Commons; Lawrence Lessig: Sage Ross, Wikimedia Commons; Hillary Clinton: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr; Lincoln Chafee: US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, Flickr; Martin O’Malley: Photos by Jay Baker, Flickr; Bernie Sanders:Public Domain, berniesanders.com; Lindsey Graham, Jim Webb: Public Domain; White House: Tom Lohdan, Flickr.