Election 2020: Tim Ryan Ends His Campaign

Photo: Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images

Photo: Jim Watson, AFP/Getty Images

The crowded 2020 Democratic field narrowed slightly this week, as Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio announced on Thursday that he is ending his campaign for the Democratic nomination. Ryan had gained notoriety prior to the election for attempting to unseat Representative Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. However, he has struggled with fundraising and polling in his presidential campaign, qualifying only for the first two debates. Ryan now plans to run for reelection for his Ohio congressional seat.

President Trump took to Twitter on Friday to mock Ryan for his defeat, saying “See Tim, it’s not so easy out there if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

The field may soon shrink even smaller as Julián Castro announced that he will end his campaign if he does not raise $800,000 by October 31. A left-leaning article from the New York Times notes, “A similar gambit worked for Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who raised $1.7 million in the last 10 days of September after saying he would drop out otherwise.”

Also this week, Joe Biden reversed his promise to not take any campaign funding from PACs. He is now accepting unlimited donations from PACs in an attempt to boost his standing in the race. Many other candidates have pledged to fund their campaigns without PAC money, hoping to rely in large part on small donors.

Right-leaning sources had relatively little coverage of the Democratic primary race this week; however, a Fox News article does report that a new poll shows Elizabeth Warren widening her lead over Joe Biden, although other surveys still show Biden as the frontrunner.