NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Local Representative Tim Ryan announced that he is pulling out of the race for president.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Ryan said his campaign ran out of money.
His most recent fundraising report showed he had only $158,000 on hand. In comparison, Sen. Bernie Sanders reported just over $33 million.
“We were getting endorsements, we were making progress on the ground, we were getting support but we just didn’t have the money to have workers on the ground to help follow up, and if you don’t have that, you can’t put it together,” Ryan said.
He didn’t qualify for the last Democratic debate due to his low polling numbers.
Recently, Ryan had been campaigning heavily in South Carolina, figuring it could be his key to making an impact in the race.
“There’s no regrets because we left it all on the field and I worked as hard as I possibly could,” he said. “We had a ton of people helping us and it just didn’t work out.”
On Thursday, Ryan released the following statement:
I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country: the workers who have been left behind, the businesses who have been left behind, the people who need health care or aren’t getting a quality education, or are saddled by tremendous debt.
I’m proud of this campaign because I believe we’ve done that. We’ve given voice to the forgotten communities and the forgotten people in the United States.
While it didn’t work out quite the way we planned, this voice will not be stifled. I will continue to advocate and fight for the working people of this country — white, black, brown, men, women. There’s people who get up every day, take a shower after work sometimes, that are working really hard. And we’re going to continue to fight for making sure that those workers are treated fairly, and that they have access to good health care, that they have a solid pension to retire on.
I’ll continue to fight, and I appreciate all of the effort on behalf of our volunteers, our staff, all of those who chipped in money and made a sacrifice to help get this campaign up and running. A deep heartfelt thanks to my wife Andrea, and my children – Mason, Bella and Brady – for picking up the slack while I’ve been on the campaign trail.”
Ryan now says he’ll concentrate on his reelection campaign for the U.S. Congress 13th District seat. He was first elected in 2002 and is currently serving his ninth term.