Democrat Eric Swalwell drops out of presidential race

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This comes shortly after Swalwell cancelled a series of Fourth of July campaign events he had planned last week in New Hampshire.

In February, before announcing his candidacy, Swalwell told the San Francisco Chronicle he would "burn the boats" and not look back on his House seat. CNN asked Swalwell on Saturday.

- Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday became the first candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary to exit the campaign, saying he would run for reelection to his California congressional seat next year.

Swalwell said he was proud that he "moved the needle on the debate stage on an issue that I'm very passionate about:" an assault weapon buyback program that he said now has the support of frontrunners Biden and Sens.

"Some may be hanging on to the hope that if they can just get past the summer doldrums, they can catch voters when they start tuning in, come fall", said Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida, USA Today reported.

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He continued: "L$3 et's beat Mitch McConnell and let's talk about gun safety in Kentucky and Arizona and ME and all these other states, because the moms are with us".

Swalwell would be the first major dropout from the incredibly crowded Democratic presidential field, though not the first overall. Last month, he put forward a comprehensive gun control plan that included a national firearms registry, a federal ban on magazines that hold over 10 rounds, background checks on all ammunition purchases, a federal ban on armed schoolteachers, and a ban on online ammo sales.

His poll numbers were at a virtual tie with Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, Montana Governor Steve Bullock and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Swalwell succeeded, and he was reelected three times.

Swalwell alluded to fundraising struggles while acknowledging the unlikely road ahead to qualify for the debate. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), urging the former to "pass the torch" during the first round of Democrat debates in Miami, Flordia. The liberal activist had traveled to Iowa in January to announce he was not running. "Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago, he's still right today".

Update: This story was updated to include comments from Rep. Eric Swalwell after he officially announced he was withdrawing from the presidential election.

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