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U.S. Rep. Ryan of Ohio drops out of presidential race, will run for re-election for Congressional seat

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary for president Thursday afternoon, announcing that he will run instead for re-election in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.

“After seven long months of hard work, I’ll be returning home to my family and friends and community in Ohio to run for re-election for my Congressional seat,” Ryan said in a recorded statement posted on Twitter.

I’m announcing today that I am withdrawing from the Presidential campaign.I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country. I look forward to continuing that fight.Thank you, to everyone who supported this campaign. pic.twitter.com/BT4z3fQ205

— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) October 24, 2019

In his statement, Ryan said that he ran for president to give a voice to the forgotten people in the country, including “the workers who have been left behind, businesses who’ve been left behind, people who need healthcare or aren’t getting a quality education or are saddled by tremendous debt.”

Ryan said he will continue fighting to give a voice to the working class even though he did not get the nomination.

Compared to some of the other Democratic candidates on the debate stage, Ryan expressed more moderate views. He had criticized those in his party who have embraced socialist policies. He said that the U.S. can’t work toward a greener economy without the free market and that Democrats should push for Medicare for everyone without prohibiting private healthcare, as some on the further left had advocated for. He also criticized Democrats who wanted to decriminalize illegal border crossings.

Ryan had consistently received one percent or lower in the presidential primary polls and did not make the stage for the last two debates.

After serving as representative in the 17th Congressional District from 2003 to 2013, Ryan has served as the representative in the 13th district since 2013. He has consistently received more than 60 percent of the vote in his current district.