The 2020 Democratic field is contracting again, declining to 16 contenders thanks to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock dropping out Monday and former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak exiting Sunday.
“It has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates,” Bullock said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Sestak said: “Without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and to sacrifice resources any longer.”
The Democratic Party’s pool of White House hopefuls has shrunk only somewhat over the past five months. While a dozen politicians have dropped out of the race for the nomination during that stretch, other contenders have jumped in, with billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg formally launching his campaign on Nov. 24, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick entering on Nov. 14, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer announcing his run in July.
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