Montana Governor Steve Bullock is ending his campaign for President saying:
While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering into this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates.
In a statement to supporters Bullock wrote:
We are more divided today than we have been at any point in my lifetime, with each side more interested in placing blame for what we have become, than inspiring each other to be better.
Having won the Governor’s race in a red state, there was a belief that he was someone who could potentially sway Republican voters. But his campaign never caught on and he only qualified for one debate. The New York Times writes:
Bullock, 53, was unable to overcome a late and slow start that hobbled his campaign. Democratic voters never bought into his argument that winning election in a state carried by Mr. Trump was sufficient evidence that he should be the party’s presidential nominee.
For those hoping Bullock would instead run for Senate, his campaign spokeswoman, Galia Slayen says:
“While he plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020, it will be in his capacity as a Governor and a senior voice in the Democratic Party — not as a candidate for US Senate.”