Left Menu
Development News Edition

POLITICS-First Democratic candidate drops from White House race

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 09-07-2019 05:01 IST | Created: 09-07-2019 04:59 IST
POLITICS-First Democratic candidate drops from White House race
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Congressman Eric Swalwell became the first candidate to drop out of the Democratic Party race for the White House Monday, as debates and fundraising drive a narrowing of voter focus on the sprawling field. The 38-year-old California representative never garnered more than one percent support in polls, according to Real Clear Politics -- though he got a slight boost in the June 26-27 party debates when he suggested that frontrunner Joe Biden, the 76-year-old former vice president, "pass the torch" to a younger generation.

"Today ends our presidential campaign. But it is the beginning of an opportunity in Congress, with a new perspective shaped by the lives that have touched mine and our campaign throughout these last few months, to bring that promise of America to all Americans," Swalwell said. His withdrawal leaves more than 20 candidates still in the race to be the party's choice to battle Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Biden continues to lead the race, but since the debates, his share of support has sagged to 26 percent, down from 32 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. Meanwhile, California Senator Kamala Harris has surged into second, helped by her debate attack on Biden in a back-and-forth on racial discrimination.

Harris jumped from seven percent to 15.2 percent, while previous second-place holder Senator Bernie Sanders, the 77-year-old leftist, sagged to 14 percent. In close fourth place was Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has steadily risen over the past month to 13.8 percent support.

Warren, who also turned in a solid debate performance, announced Monday that her presidential campaign had pulled in USD 19.1 million in the second quarter, topping both Sanders and Harris and slightly less than Biden, despite Warren eschewing fundraisers with deep-pocketed donors. Biden brought in USD 21.5 million in the April-June period, while Harris garnered the only USD 12 million and Sanders USD 18 million.

Warren, who has sought to avoid relying on large donations from wealthy business, reached the USD 19 million thresholds on donations averaging just USD 28 each. "I am humbled by the depth of grassroots commitment to our campaign," Warren tweeted.

"This is how we make our government and democracy work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Thank you, and let's keep at it." Warren's take was nevertheless well behind that of Peter Buttigieg, the young gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who drew a surprisingly strong USD 24.8 million in the second quarter.

But Buttigieg remains a distant sixth place in the polls with just 5.2 percent support. Meanwhile, Trump has reported reaping USD 105 million in donations to his reelection campaign in the second quarter.

The next debates, planned over two nights at the end of July, could accelerate the thinning of the Democratic field. The first real contest between the candidates will take place on February 3, 2020, in the Midwest state of Iowa.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Loopholes in Healthcare Information System may have failed Singapore COVID-19 model

In the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore was in the limelight for its effective healthcare system and pandemic response plan. However, Singapore has now joined the list of the worst-hit nations and the situation is even worse...

Videos

Latest News

France new COVID-19 cases spike again, uptick in ICU units

Frances new COVID-19 infections rose by more than 1,600 over 24 hours for the second day running on Thursday, putting the country at levels not seen since late May, while the number of affected patients in intensive care units has also rise...

Trump says coronavirus vaccine possible before Nov. 3

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election, a more optimistic forecast on timing than anything suggested by his own White House health experts. ...

My Hero Academia Season 5 spoilers: Izuku’s struggle against evil powers, what more to see

If you are an anime enthusiast, you must be waiting for My Hero Academia Season 5. Season 4 premiered on October 12, 2019. The first half of the fourth season consisting of 25 episodes ended on April 4, 2020. The next halfs release date is ...

UPDATE 1-U.S. NOAA raises predicted number of tropical storms to a record 25

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA on Thursday increased its prediction for the number of tropical storms expected this year to as many as 25, the highest in the agencys history, the lead forecaster said.The 2020 ...

Give Feedback