Moulton ends presidential bid

file photoCongressman Seth Moulton

Congressman Seth Moulton has abandoned his long-shot presidential campaign.

The Salem, Massachusetts, Democrat will made the announcement on Friday afternoon of last week in a speech before the Democratic National Committee in San Francisco.

The 40-year-old former Marine announced his centrist campaign in the spring but never gained traction. He failed to crack the 1% level in any polls of the crowded Democratic field and did not qualify for either of the first two Democratic debates.

Moulton has said he will run for reelection in the 6th Congressional District. Unlike past years, however, he faces a primary challenge. Lisa Peterson, a Salem city councilor, and Jamie Zahlaway Belsito of Topsfield have both announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination.

In his speech last week, Moulton said, "Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important to the American people and our future."

Moulton focused on mental health treatment after revealing his own struggles on that front as a combat veteran. He joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in exiting the presidential race last week.

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