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Jim Webb Is Pulling Out of the Democratic Race

He's still considering an independent bid—and he'll have Donald Trump's support, for whatever that's worth.

by River Donaghey
Oct 20 2015, 6:20pm

Sad Webb.

Read: The Bizarre Mystery of Jim Webb's Presidential Campaign

Jim Webb, the former Virginia senator who looks a vaguely like one of the Small Soldiers toys in human form, announced on Tuesday that he plans to back out of the Democratic presidential race, ending—at least for now—one of the stranger campaigns of the 2016 election cycle.

At a press conference, Webb cited the extreme polarity of both parties as a reason for pulling out, saying that his more moderate views don't align well with today's Democratic Party. The veteran's stance on the environment and gun control skewed more conservative than his fellow candidates during the Democratic debate, though maybe he just didn't get enough time to get his point across.

"I fully accept that my views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and base of the Democratic Party," Webb said Tuesday. "For this reason I am withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party's nominee for the presidency."

Webb is still considering a bid for the White House as an independent, so America still has a shot at finally electing a president who writes dirty, not-so-sexy books. If he does run, he'll have Donald Trump's support, for whatever that is worth.

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