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Jay Inslee ends campaign for Democratic nomination for president

This afternoon, Governor Jay Inslee emailed supporters telling them that he was ending his campaign to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

“I know you agree that our mission to defeat climate change must continue to be central to our national discussion — and must be the top priority for our next president. But I’ve concluded that my role in that effort will not be as a candidate to be the next president of the United States.”

The email noted that this week, Inslee hit 130,000 donors, a number that half of the field of candidates has not yet hit.

Addressing the question of his future and a run at a possible third term as governor, Inslee said:

“As we turn to the future, I will have more to say about what comes next for me in the days ahead. I can assure you that I will continue to lead, to demand bold action, and to do everything in my power to ensure the fight to defeat climate change stays at the top of the national agenda.”