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Lawrence Lessig drops out of Democratic race for president

Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig spoke at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in September.
Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig spoke at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in September.Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, a single-issue candidate who has struggled to gain traction in the polls, has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

Lessig, who pledged to serve as president only until he passed his campaign finance and voting access proposals, posted a video to YouTube describing his decision to end the campaign.

"From the start it was clear that getting into the Democratic debates was the essential step in this campaign," Lessig said.

"Last week, we learned that the Democratic party has changed its rules for inclusion in the debate. And under the new rule, unless we can time travel, there is no way that I will qualify," he said.

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"We can't solve any of the problems that this nation must address until we fix the crippled and corrupted insitution of Congress first," Lessig continued, pledging to fight for the issue.

Lessig spoke last night at the Coos County Democrats Harry Truman dinner, the county's Democratic chair confirmed. He is dropping out less than a day after the remarks.

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