Odd timing for a Thursday afternoon before a major holiday weekend. Then again, nobody pays me as a campaign consultant so I’ll shut up. As of today, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is running for the 2016 Democratic nomination, as stated in his email announcement to various media.
Report from NBC News:
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced in an email Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.
“I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money,” Webb said in the email.
“But our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us,” he added.
Webb will likely be the last Democrat to challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee have all announced 2016 campaigns in recent months.
As noted by the story, this will likely round out the list of challengers to Hillary Clinton unless someone else, like Joe Biden, decides to launch a campaign later in the Summer. As it stands, Webb, O’Malley, and Chafee are sharing the bottom of the polling barrel, while Bernie Sanders seems to be surging. Hillary Clinton, of course, still leads them all quite handily.
At least there will be five candidates which is enough to fill out a debate stage.