Former RI Governor Lincoln Chafee is dropping out of the presidential race on Friday after failing to grab the momentum or numbers that would get him the Democratic nomination.
Chafee will make the official announcement at the DNC’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington this morning, CNN reports:
As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” Chafee is expected to say according to prepared remarks provided by the campaign. “But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.”
The Democrat declared his presidential campaign in June, shortly after announcing that he had formed an exploratory committee.
Chafee has spent most of his life as a Republican. He was nominated to his late father’s Senate seat in 1999 and then was elected as a Republican in 2000. He served only one term, losing to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006, but then successfully ran for governor of Rhode Island as an independent.