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Lincoln Chafee drops out of presidential race

Lincoln Chafee.Josh Haner/The New York Times

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee ended his Democratic presidential campaign on Friday, a week after his debate performance was widely mocked.

Chafee was the first presidential candidate ever from Rhode Island.

“After much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today,” said Chafee, according to his prepared remarks.

His campaign was non-traditional from the moment he began exploring a run in April. He received donations from just 10 people, and he often drove himself on day trips to New Hampshire from his home.

In polls of the Democratic contest, Chafee consistently received less than 1 percent support -- sometimes even less than that.


Chafee was a relatively new member of the Democratic party. He was elected governor as an independent and previously served in the US Senate as a Republican.


Short on everything but purpose, Chafee pushes on