Lincoln Chafee Out; Field Clearing For Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chaffee speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding August 14, 2015 in Clear Lake, Iowa. The Wing Ding is held at the historic Surf Ballroom, where Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens played their final concert, and featured Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), …
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Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is ending his campaign for president, further clearing the field for Hillary Clinton’s looming march to the Democratic nomination.

“As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today,” he said, announcing his decision in a speech to the  the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum this morning.

Chafee’s campaign was largely a punchline as he appeared at the Democratic Presidential debate, with former Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Gov. Martin O’Malley.

His most recent polling numbers in Iowa showed him failing to earn even one percent. Webb also ended his campaign on Tuesday.

More importantly for Hillary Clinton, however, was Vice President Joe Biden’s decision not to run for president on Wednesday.

With three challengers off the stage in just one week, Clinton needs only Martin O’Malley to drop out before she can take on Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination.