Marine veteran dropping out of Presidential race, will instead run for Congressional reelection
The Republican, Springfield, Mass.
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, plans to end his presidential campaign Friday morning in a speech at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in San Francisco.
“Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important to the American people and our future,” Moulton will say, according to his prepared remarks.
Moulton will also announce that he is running for reelection to keep his House seat representing the 6th Congressional District.
Moulton, a 40-year-old Marine Corps veteran, was first elected to the U.S. House in 2014 after defeating Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Moulton gained national attention when he publicly called for new leadership to replace House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2018.
During his presidential campaign, Moulton acknowledged publicly for the first time that he had sought help for post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from his military service. His campaign drew on his military expertise and focused on issues related to national security and foreign policy.
With a crowded presidential field among Democrats vying to take on Republican President Donald Trump, Moulton failed to meet the polling or fundraising criteria to earn a spot in either of the first two Democratic debates.
In his speech, Moulton will pledge to “be campaigning my ass off” for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.
Moulton will also announce plans to relaunch his organization Serve America, which will help elect Democratic U.S. senators, U.S. representatives and state-level politicians.
“As a party, we need to spend these next months doing everything we can to determine who our strongest nominee will be,” Moulton will say. “And as we do so, we can’t be distracted by the latest outrage on Twitter or the reality show politics of the day. We need to stay grounded in what it’s going to take to win over voters — all kinds of Democrats, Independents like the Obama-Trump voters, and even disaffected Republicans — and bring the country together around beating Donald Trump.”
Several Democrats have already announced their intent to challenge Moulton for his congressional seat, including Salem city councilor Lisa Peterson, Salem State University trustee Jamie Zahlaway Belsito and Nathaniel Mulcahy. Former Andover State Sen. Barbara L’Italian and State Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, are also considering running, according to the Salem News.
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