Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race but is still considering running as an independent candidate.
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Webb said he was “withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency. … How I remain as a voice will depend on what kind of support I’m shown in the coming weeks.”
Webb has been averaging just over 1 percent in recent national polls.
While Webb is weighing a possible independent bid, he’s expected to take some time after Tuesday’s announcement to talk with people from across the political spectrum before making a decision.
Webb has been struggling to raise cash, reporting just under $697,000 in his recent filing statement.
During the first Democratic debate last week, Webb had complained about how little time he had to answer questions.
A former Republican, Webb served as secretary of the Navy and assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan.