Aug 23, 2019

Seth Moulton ends his 2020 presidential campaign

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Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) announced Friday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race during an address at the DNC's summer meeting in San Francisco.

The big picture: Moulton launched an unlikely campaign focused on his centrist policies and military experience. His exit further winnows a crowded Democratic field — made smaller in the past week by the withdrawals of John Hickenlooper and Jay Inslee — and he told the New York Times that he sees "a three-way race" between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders "about how far left the party should go."

What's next: Moulton now intends to focus on getting reelected in his Massachusetts congressional district. He reportedly told members of the DNC that he plans to campaign for the party’s nominee, the AP notes.

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Seth Moulton on the issues, in under 500 words

Rep. Seth Moulton at a rally in Boston in March 2017. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Editor's note: Moulton dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Aug. 23, 2019. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, wants to stand out in the crowded 2020 race with his focus on national security, foreign policy and defense. However, he lacks name recognition nationally — a huge detriment in a massive Democratic field.

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Working Families Party endorses Elizabeth Warren over Bernie Sanders

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

The Working Families Party, a progressive labor group, on Monday endorsed 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: The WFP gained national attention in the 2016 presidential election when it endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination. The party's early endorsement of Warren over Sanders signals that the Massachusetts senator is making significant inroads with progressive voters, a key wing of the Democratic Party.

Go deeperArrowSep 16, 2019

What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

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It's the moment everybody's been waiting for: Tonight's Democratic debate in Houston will be the first face-off on the primary stage between Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

Why it matters: They appeal to totally different wings in the Democratic Party. Warren's momentum has moved her to the No. 2 spot in national polls and narrowed Biden's lead. Tonight's matchup has the potential to be an even bigger split-screen moment than when Kamala Harris took on Biden at the first debate — and Biden's team knows it.

Go deeperArrowSep 12, 2019