Jim Webb drops Democratic bid for president, weighs next steps

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced his decision to drop his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and said he would let public support determine his next steps.

"I'm withdrawing from any consideration from being the Democratic nominee," said Webb. "How I remain a voice will depend on the support I see in the coming weeks."

Webb stopped short of saying he would pursue an independent run, saying he would spend the next couple weeks talking to people he didn't feel comfortable speaking with while running as a Democrat.

"I feel strongly that if I was nominated I would win," said Webb, while complaining about the failings of the American political system.

Webb has struggled gaining traction in the Democratic race, trailing Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders by a large margin. His recent performance in the first Democratic presidential debate was marked by his claims he was being overlooked by the CNN moderators and not given equal opportunity to speak.

Webb has raised only about $700,000 and ended the month of September with more than $300,000 in the bank, according to the AP.

Webb served as a Democratic Senator in Virginia, but also previously identified himself as a Republican and served as Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration.

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