Not the white guy running a no-chance campaign I wanted to see dropped out, but I think he’s right that his message was delivered:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ended his presidential run Wednesday evening, announcing it had become clear that his climate change-focused campaign would not succeed.
The Associated Press, citing two people close to Inslee, reported that he plans to run for a third term as governor.
Since launching his campaign in March, Inslee has laid out a series of ambitious plans to combat climate change, calling it the preeminent issue the next president must tackle. Those plans drew praise from activists, environmentalists and even his fellow candidates, but Inslee was unable to catch on with voters in early polls.
His campaign on Monday celebrated that he’d amassed 130,000 separate donors, surpassing a threshold set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to qualify for the third televised debate next month. But he was never close to the DNC’s other threshold — 2% support in early polls. He didn’t reach the mark in any poll and his polling average hovered just barely above zero.
He’d make a nice Secretary of the Interior for Warren or Sanders or Harris (I am going to pretend the other possibility isn’t happening), but obviously I’d be very happy to have him stay in his current job.
Good interview with him here.