Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) speaks during the Democratic Presidential Committee (DNC) summer meeting on August 23, 2019 in San Francisco.
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Joe Sestak, a retired three-star admiral and former congressman, has dropped out of the presidential race.
In a Sunday evening tweet, Sestak thanked his supporters. He said, however, “Without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and to sacrifice resources any longer.”
Sestak, a long-shot contender who announced his candidacy on June 23, never made it to the debate stage. He relied on his military experience to set himself apart in the crowded Democratic field — which reached 24 candidates at its peak.
The former Pennsylvania rep’s policy positions reflected those of the most moderate contenders in the race.
He supported universal pre-K and more affordable college options, but not universal loan forgiveness like leading candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. He supported a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but did not call for major changes to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which has come under fire from other Democrats for its policies of separating families at the border and stepped up deportations.
Throughout his campaign, he struggled to rise in the polls, generally getting less than 1% support nationally.