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Lincoln Chafee, Polling at Zero Percent, Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Race

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Lincoln Chafee at the Fox Business Network studios on Sept. 30 in New York.

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Former Rhode Island governor and senator (and former Republican) Lincoln Chafee is ending his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, he announced this morning in Washington, D.C. From Politico:

“As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat former governor and senator of Rhode Island told a Democratic National Committee gathering in the bowels of a downtown Washington hotel.


“But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today,” he added.  

Chafee, who formally announced his candicacy in June, was averaging literally zero percent in national polls:

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His outlook was barely better in New Hampshire despite having made a number of visits to the state, and the highlight of his performance in the first Democratic debate was when he basically asked for a mulligan on having supported the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act with his first vote as a senator.

With Virginia’s Jim Webb dropping out of the presidential race earlier this week and vice president Joe Biden announcing on Wednesday that he would not run, the Democrats’ field looks to be set at three candidates—Hillary Clinton, Bernie “The Bern Man” Sanders, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley.