Richard Ojeda Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
West Virginia state Senator Richard Ojeda dropped out of the running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, saying he didn’t want to continue soliciting donations for a campaign that had little chance of success in a growing Dem field. "I don’t want to see people send money to a campaign that’s probably not going to get off the ground,” Ojeda said in a video. "I want you to know though that my fight does not end ... I may not have the money to make the media pay attention but I will continue raising my voice and highlighting the issues the working class, the sick and the elderly face in this nation. I expect to have an announcement very soon about what my next steps will be." Ojeda had filed papers to run for president in November 2018 after losing his bid to represent West Virginia in Congress. The 48-year-old retired Army paratrooper, who previously worked as a high school teacher, supported Donald Trump for president in 2016 because he said he initially believed Trump would do something for West Virginians. By 2018, he expressed regret for voting for Trump, saying that "he hasn't done shit" and he is "taking care of the daggone people he's supposed to be getting rid of.” Ojeda, who is of Mexican descent, was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016. Watch his announcement here.