The crowded Democratic presidential primary roster narrowed on Monday after U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California dropped out.
The 38-year-old was set to visit Greenwood on Saturday, according to county Democratic officials, but he withdrew the plan for “personal reasons” just a few days prior.
“After the first Democratic presidential debate, our polling and fundraising numbers weren’t what we had hoped for, and I no longer see a path forward to the nomination. My presidential campaign ends today, but this is also the start of a new passage for the issues on which our campaign ran,” Swalwell wrote to supporters through his campaign’s website.
“I entered this race determined to elevate the issue of gun violence, and at the debate, three top-tier candidates embraced my idea to ban and buy back every single assault weapon in America. Putting this idea and this larger issue of gun violence front and center in the Democratic policy discussion is an accomplishment, dedicated to the students, moms, and other activists who tirelessly demand action to save American lives.”
Swalwell had planned to meet with Greenwood County Democrats during a Saturday morning breakfast ahead of touring several of the area’s landmarks.