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Lincoln Chafee Drops Out Of The Democratic Presidential Primary

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Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is dropping out of the 2016 Democratic primary.

Chafee's campaign announced the news in a press release on Friday. He is expected to address the future of his campaign while speaking at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum later today.

Chafee, who also served as a U.S. senator and the mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, announced his presidential campaign in June, jumping in the Democratic primary race behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Formerly a Republican, Chafee switched his party affiliation to Democrat in 2013.

Chafee was appointed to the Senate in 1999 to replace his father, who died in office. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 2000. He was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against the Iraq War, a fact he used against Clinton throughout the primary.


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Chafee failed to gain much attention during his time in the race. He struggled to crack 1 percent in most polls, and his most publicized policy platform was suggesting the United States adopt the metric system. 

He was largely overshadowed by Clinton and Sanders during CNN's Democratic Debate in October, aside from a strange moment where he fumbled explaining why he voted to repeal a landmark deregulation bill in the Senate.

HuffPost Pollster shows Chafee polling at less than 1 percent.


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