While there are almost two dozen Democrats running for president in 2020, only a small handful actually have a chance of securing the party nomination.
Just about everyone knew Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee had no chance of becoming president — and he obviously just realized that himself.
During an appearance Wednesday night on MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow, Inslee announced that he is dropping out of the race.
“It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball,” Inslee said.
“I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race,” he added.
“I believe we’re going to have a candidate to fight this battle [climate change],” Inslee continued. “I’m inspired by the people I’ve met across the country. I’m not going to carry the ball but we’re going to make sure somebody is.”
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) August 22, 2019
Inslee had qualified for the first two presidential debates this summer, but was not going to meet the requirements needed to appear on stage at the third DNC debate in Houston.
“It became clear that we would not meet the DNC’s polling threshold, thus we would not have been invited to the fall debates,” Inslee said in a press release late Wednesday. “As a result, I don’t believe we can compete for the attention and exposure needed to have a reasonable shot at the nomination.
“As we turn to the future, I will have more to say about what comes next for me in the days ahead,” Inslee continued. “I can assure you that I will continue to lead, to demand bold action, and to do everything in my power to ensure the fight to defeat climate change stays at the top of the national agenda.”
Inslee is the third Democrat to end his presidential bid in the last month.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California was the first to pull out of the primary followed by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper last week.
Of the three Democrats who have dropped out of the 2020 race, Hickenlooper appears to be the only one who has other plans.
Hickenlooper dropping out of the presidential race comes as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been practically begging the former governor to run for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who is up for reelection in 2020, is considered one of the most vulnerable senators in the country because of Colorado’s dramatic shift the left.
Democrats are low-key waging an all-out war in an attempt to win back control of the U.S. Senate from Republicans in 2020.
Republicans control a 53-47 majority, so Democrats need to net three seats to win control of the U.S. Senate — four if they fail to win back the White House.
Polling shows Democrats only have a chance to flip Colorado and Arizona, and that is it.
Schumer has also failed spectacularly in his attempts to recruit high-profile names to run for the Senate.
Schumer practically begged Beto O’Rourke, Stacey Abrams, and Hickenlooper to run for the U.S. Senate, but none have accepted his offer.
O’Rourke rejected another run for U.S. Senate in Texas to run for president.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams also turned down Schumer’s request that she run for the Senate in her state.
And Hickenlooper has yet to accept the offer and announce that he’s running for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.
Democrats have almost no chance to win back the Senate or White House in 2020.
But Schumer’s putting a lot of his time into Hickenlooper, a former governor who never once polled above 0 percent as a presidential candidate.