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First Candidate to Enter 2020 Race Just Dropped Out

That would be John Delaney
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2020 8:13 AM CST
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In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Maryland Rep. John Delaney speaks at the Climate Forum at Georgetown University in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – The Democratic field shrank again Friday morning, but casual followers of the campaign might struggle to place the name: John Delaney. The former Maryland congressman and current multi-millionaire businessman announced his departure online and said he did not want to hurt other moderate candidates in the race, reports the Washington Post. The move comes just days ahead of the Iowa caucuses. Delaney was barely registering in the polls—support in Iowa rounded to 0%, notes Politico—but it wasn't for lack of trying: He was the first Democrat to formally join the race, and he did so in July 2017, just six months after President Trump entered the White House.

Delaney visited all of Iowa's 99 counties by August 2018, before bigger names even announced they were running, notes USA Today. "lt has been a privilege to campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, but it is clear that God has a different purpose for me at this moment in time," Delaney tweeted. During his campaign, Delaney promised to put forth only bipartisan proposals during his first 100 days in office. “Wouldn't it be amazing if a president looked at the American people at the inauguration and said, 'I represent every one of you, whether you voted for me or not and this is how I'm going to prove it,'" he told ABC News last year. (Read more John Delaney 2020 stories.)

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