The Democratic nomination process began with over 20 candidates and naturally, some of those candidates have had to drop out of the race. So far former Alaskan senator Mike Gravel, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, and current California congressman Eric Swalwell have all moved on.
Late last night, Washington governor Jay Inlsee also announced that he would be leaving the race and returning to his home state. The governor, who made climate change his main priority, promised to continue to push forward with his message.
Inslee discussed the decision with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. He told the host, “It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race.”
The Washington governor said that he would be happy to help whoever become the nominee combat climate change. “We left an open-source gold standard of what will get us to a cleaner future and really will end our reliance on fossil fuels,” he told the Huffington Post. “It was not just a campaign document, it was a governing document, and it could be used by anyone who ends up in the White House.”
Inslee’s fellow candidates were complimentary of the governor and the message he had helped to promote. Congresswoman and Democratic hopeful Kamala Harris tweeted, “Few leaders have done more to shine a light on the climate crisis than Jay Inslee. His voice will be missed in this primary but I know he will continue this fight.”
Few leaders have done more to shine a light on the climate crisis than @JayInslee. His voice will be missed in this primary but I know he will continue this fight.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 22, 2019