Montana Gov. Steve Bullock dropped out of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary race Monday morning after he didn’t see much progress in his campaign.
“While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates,” Bullock said in a statement on Medium.
Bullock said in his announcement that he will not be running for senate, according to CNN.
“Governor Bullock will continue to faithfully and effectively serve the people of Montana as their Governor,” said Galia Slayen, a spokeswoman for Bullock. “While he plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020, it will be in his capacity as Governor and a senior voice in the Democratic Party — not as a candidate for U.S. Senate.”
Bullock originally announced his candidacy in a video in May after he earned national attention when he challenged the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court decision in 2013.
But he wasn’t able to become familiar to voters during the presidential race and, therefore, stayed behind in the polls, according to USA Today.
Here’s where Bullock went wrong:
From the beginning of his campaign, Bullock chose to use his position as a Democratic governor leading a red state as his primary advantage over other candidates. Even after earning a spot in the second debate, Bullock used most of his time onstage to claim he was the only Democratic candidate electable to Republicans, according to USA Today.
According to the Washington Post, throughout that debate, Bullock championed himself as a “pro-choice, pro-union, populist Democrat that won three elections in a red state. Not by compromising (Democratic) values, but by getting stuff done.”
While Bullock’s participation in the second debate was his chance to gain notoriety amongst voters, it still left him lacking in sufficient support to participate in further debates and unable to pay for his campaign, according to New York Magazine.