Citing disappointing fundraising and polls, Rep. Eric Swalwell ends presidential campaign

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Eric Swalwell is expected to announce Monday that he's dropping out of the 2020 race for president, according to a source familiar with his plans.

"Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of an opportunity in Congress, with a new perspective shaped by the lives that have touched mine and our campaign throughout these last three months, to bring that promise of America to all Americans", Swalwell said.

Swalwell will run for re-election for his congressional seat in the 15th District of California but faces a potentially fierce primary fight from Hayward councilmember Aisha Wahab.

Swalwell said he was proud that he "moved the needle on the debate stage on an issue that I'm very passionate about:" an assault weapon buyback program that he said now has the support of frontrunners Biden and Sens.

News of Swalwell's departure came as another Californian, Tom Steyer, was poised to enter the crowded Democratic field, which features more than 20 candidates.

The California lawmaker will hold a news conference in the afternoon to announce that he's exiting the race to run for a fifth House term, the Los Angeles Times reported. At the June debate, he suggested former Vice President Joe Biden was too old to be president, telling the 76-year-old frontrunner to "pass the torch".

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The campaign gave no further description about the subject of the press conference, which is set for 1 p.m.at Swalwell's campaign headquarters at 6250 Village Parkway.

Swalwell said he was not ready to endorse one of the remaining candidates.

"We need this field to start shrinking so candidates can distinguish themselves".

Swalwell, of Dublin, in the Bay Area, has languished for months near the bottom of the polls. "If we want to end gun violence and solve student debt, pass the torch", said Swalwell to a collective gasp from the audience.

The 37-year-old Congressman launched his campaign this past April.

Swalwell, along with the Future Forum coalition of young Democratic members of Congress, launched a campaign called "Future 40" to recruit and support young candidates.

Update: This story was updated to include comments from Rep. Eric Swalwell after he officially announced he was withdrawing from the presidential election. "I believe, because we ran a credible campaign, one that is ending today, but a credible campaign, I'll be able to advocate in an even more effective way for my constituents".

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