Well, it looks like we’ll have our first official drop out for the 2020 season this afternoon. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who ran on gun confiscation, is reportedly deciding to exit the race for the Democratic nomination and plans to run for re-election to his House seat in deep blue California instead. Yeah, real shocker that running on an unconstitutional gun control initiative, among many other things, didn’t help. Also, no one knows who the hell he is. He made a clown of himself in the first debate, drawing attention to himself for all the wrong reasons. Simply put, there are other Democrats running for the nomination that are better at this than he is and he wasn’t going anywhere to start. He’s also a Russian collusion myth peddler. The rumblings of a possible drop out were heard yesterday when he decided to canceled campaign events in New Hampshire (via The Hill):
2020 presidential candidate Eric Swalwell planning 4pm press conference today at campaign headquarters in California -- comes after Swalwell canceled planned trip to New Hampshire last week.— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) July 8, 2019
We might get our first major dropout of the 2020 Dem primary tomorrow. This comes after Swalwell cancelled a plan campaign swing through NH this past weekend—> pic.twitter.com/l4vxszLheH— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) July 8, 2019
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) will hold a press conference Monday afternoon amid speculation that he may be dropping out of the Democratic primary contest.
The news conference at his Dublin, Calif., headquarters is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT, his campaign said, though it did not provide details on what Swalwell planned to address.
Swalwell announced his campaign for the White House in April but has struggled to gain traction. Speculation has swirled in recent days that the California congressman could be preparing to exit the primary.
Most public polls show him in the low single digits or, in some cases, not registering at all. And while he met the polling threshold to qualify for the first set of primary debates, he could face trouble in the fall, when the bar for participation will be raised.
Last week, he abruptly canceled two days of campaign events in New Hampshire, further stoking rumors of an impending exit.
At first, it appeared that former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper would be the first 2020 loser, given his dismal polling numbers, his lack of money (he said to be out by the end of the month, and his top aides telling him he should’ve backed out last month. It looks like Swalwell will be the first.
NEWS: Eric Swalwell plans to drop out of the presidential race and seek reelection to the House, according to a Capitol Hill source familiar with his intentions. An announcement is expected later today in Swalwell’s district in the East Bay area outside San Francisco.— Mark Z. Barabak (@markzbarabak) July 8, 2019
Swalwell ran on gun confiscation, preventing people from being able to "hoard" more than 200 rounds of ammo, and jailing the gun owners who didn't turn in the newly banned guns. And that was AFTER he said he would nuke gun owners if a war broke out over the laws. https://t.co/dvyUvIMU4g— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 8, 2019
UPDATE: He's Out:
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to a House Democratic lawmaker close to the congressman.
Swalwell is expected to make a formal announcement at a press conference this afternoon.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Swalwell, who is a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, is expected to announce he will launch a reelection bid for his fifth term in the lower chamber.