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Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney drops out of presidential race

Former Maryland congressman John Delaney, an early entrant for the Democratic presidential nomination, is withdrawing from the race.
Former Maryland congressman John Delaney, an early entrant for the Democratic presidential nomination, is withdrawing from the race. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Former Maryland congressman John Delaney, an early candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Friday he is withdrawing from the race.

The former Potomac businessman — whose campaign emphasized pragmatic, bipartisan proposals — said he didn’t have the support to continue and was concerned that furthering his candidacy could hurt the chances of other moderates in Monday’s Iowa caucuses. His campaign had concentrated on performing well in Iowa.

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“It has been a privilege to campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, but it is clear that God has a different purpose for me at this moment in time," Delaney said in a statement.

“We need to provide workable solutions to the economic issues facing hardworking Americans, create opportunity for young people in all communities, restore a sense of unity and common purpose to our nation, and re-establish the United States as an engaged global leader,” Delaney said. “I believe our campaign was unique in its consistent focus on these four themes.”

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Delaney, 56, cultivated a reputation for bipartisanship during three terms in Congress representing Maryland’s 6th District.

He announced his bid for president in July 2017 and contributed millions of his own money to his campaign. He was the first candidate to seek to challenge Republican President Donald Trump.

He has stressed a free-trade message and said the nation was poised to rebound if Washington embraced a “new economy” that was more entrepreneurial and forward-looking.

Delaney participated in early debates but didn’t meet the requirements to compete in the one in Houston on Sept. 12 or in subsequent debates.

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