Democratic presidential candidate and former deputy Joe Sestak (D-PA) speaks during the Democratic Presidential Committee (DNC) summer meeting on August 23, 2019 in San Francisco.
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Joe Sestak, a retired three-star admiral and former congressman, gave up the presidential race.
In a Sunday night tweet, Sestak thanked his supporters. He said, however, "without the privilege of the national press, it is unfair to ask others to maintain their resolve and sacrifice more resources."
Sestak, a long-time candidate who announced his candidacy on June 23, never reached the debate stage. He relied on his military experience to excel in the crowded democratic camp – which reached 24 candidates at its peak.
The political positions of the former Pennsylvania representative reflected those of the race's most moderate candidates.
He supported more affordable pre-K college options, but not universal loan forgiveness, such as leading candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. He supported the path of citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but did not call for major changes at the Immigration and Customs Agency, which was criticized by other Democrats for its policies of separation of families at the border and intensified deportations.
Throughout his campaign, he struggled to rise in the polls, usually getting less than 1% support. nationally.
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