Pro-Abortion Rep. Eric Swalwell today became the first the leave the Democrat primary election campaign. The California congressman never amassed much support and was frequently polling at 0% in primary polls of Democrats for 2020.
Swalwell will instead seek re-election to his bay Area congressional district.
Swalwell struggled to gain traction in a crowded Democratic primary field packed with senators, governors and former Vice President Joe Biden since announcing his candidacy in early April. He had openly mulled over a presidential run through the 2018 midterm election season, visiting many early primary states. A staple of cable news shows, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee Swalwell is a frequent critic of President Trump over the Mueller report, and recently called for his impeachment.
Last week, Swalwell abruptly canceled a New Hampshire campaign swing that was scheduled for July 3 and 4.
He hinted in June that he would drop out of the presidential race to focus on his congressional reelection bid if support flagged. “I hope to be part of the field as it shrinks. If I don’t, I’m going to be realistic about my options,” Swalell said.
Fundraising totals since Swalwell’s April launch are not yet public, but his campaign had not announced passing the Democratic National Committee’s 64,000 donor threshold to secure his spot in the second round of Democratic primary debates at the end of July. He took the stage in the first round of June presidential primary debates through securing 1% support in three qualifying polls, but tie-breaking qualification procedures mean that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is likely to bump Swalell from the July debates after securing more 1% qualifying polls following the first debates.
Qualifying for debates in the fall seemed unlikely to make the October debates, which has much higher qualification thresholds of 130,000 voters plus 2% support in four polls. Swalwell has not earned another single qualifying poll since late April, according to a Politico analysis.
Swalwell is obviously little known outside of California and his congressional district but, according to the National Right to Life Committee, he has a 100% pro-abortion voting record. Swalwell has cast votes against banning late-term abortions and for taxpayer financing of abortions.
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His only real claim to fame seems to be when he made a mockery of rape threats against a Republican senator’s female staffer. Swalwell, a pro-abortion Democrat from California, received a massive backlash for the comment and later removed the tweet.
“Boo hoo hoo,” Swalwell wrote in response to reports of threats against U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and her staff.
“You’re a senator who police will protect,” Swalwell continued. “A sexual assault victim can’t sleep in her home tonight because of threats. Where are you sleeping? She’s on her own while you and your @SenateGOP colleagues try to rush her through a hearing.”