One of the more climate change-oriented presidential candidates has decided to call it quits.
Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) has decided that less than 1% support just does not provide him a path to the White House, so he has officially ended his campaign.
In a field of more than two dozen candidates, it is tough for a relatively obscure candidate to garner national attention.
For Gov. Jay Inslee, there was almost no name recognition beyond his home state. Additionally, his agenda simply never got enough support to make him a serious candidate.
Throughout this entire process, Inslee failed to get past the 1% mark in support. So, he has officially ended his campaign for the 2020 presidency.
Appearing with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, he admitted defeat, saying, “It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball, I’m not going to be the president, so I’m withdrawing tonight from the race.”
Looking back at his campaign, it is fairly easy to see where Inslee failed.
The main focus of his platform was climate change. Over the course of his career, and especially as the governor of Washington, the environment has been his major focus.
While he has had some significant achievements in this realm as an elected official, it simply was not enough to wow voters and gain him enough support to become a legitimate contender in this race.
Even though he is out of the race, he does not look at his campaign as a failure — quite the opposite actually. Inslee believes the focus of his campaign has forced the hand of the entire party to put an aggressive climate change program at the forefront of their platforms.
Considering the climate change plans both Sanders and Biden have already released, it is tough to argue his reasoning. If the other candidates do credit Inslee as their inspiration, he may end up as a Cabinet member IF a Democrat wins the election.
For now, though, Inslee is going to have to head back to Washington and watch the election on the sidelines like everyone else.