Montana Governor Steve Bullock CM ’88 has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, he announced in a statement Monday.
Bullock, who joined the race in May — much later than most of his competitors — struggled to reach more than one percent in polls, according to CNBC. He raised $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, less than many of his competitors.
“While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, 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.
Bullock is currently serving his second term as Montana’s governor. President Donald Trump won the state by about 20 percent in 2016, according to The New York Times. Bullock campaigned on his ability to attract conservative voters.
Bullock will not run for Senate in 2020, despite calls from some people inside the Democratic Party, spokesperson Galia Slayen told the NYT. He is ineligible for a third term as governor.
“While he plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020, it will be in his capacity as a governor and a senior voice in the Democratic Party — not as a candidate for U.S. Senate,” Slayen said.
Just one former 5C student, author, spiritual advisor and Democrat Marianne Williamson, who attended Pomona College for two years, remains in the 2020 presidential race.