| December 02, 2019 06:50 AM
Steve Bullock has dropped out of the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Montana governor entered his party’s primary relatively late, announcing in May after forming Big Sky Values PAC in 2017, which helped fund his travel around the country.
From the beginning of his campaign, Bullock, 53, struggled to gain support. Most polls throughout the primary race never had him registering more than 1-2% in support. Bullock’s late start prevented him from garnering enough support in the polls and campaign contributions to make the first 2020 Democratic debate stage in Miami in late June.
Bullock, first elected Montana governor in 2012, told CNN also he would not run for Senate in 2020, depriving Democrats of a top-tier candidate to challenge Republican incumbent Steve Daines.
During his six-months plus in the presidential field, Bullock’s campaign message emphasized his moderate politics and his claim to be able to win red states like Montana. Before he entered the 2020 race, Bullock was reelected to a second term as governor in 2016.
Bullock’s departure from the Democratic presidential field leaves 16 candidates in the race, chasing the right to challenge President Trump in November 2020.