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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ends presidential campaign

Posted: 5:00 AM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-22 07:00:53-04
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee launches 2020 presidential campaign

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, is set to announce Thursday that he'll seek a third term as governor.

Two people close to Inslee told The Associated Press that the governor planned to make the announcement in an email to supporters. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the announcement publicly.

Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he was ending his run.

Inslee said that he was confident that Democrats would select a nominee who would champion climate change issues, but it had become clear he wouldn't be the person selected. Inslee said he was not endorsing anyone but would support whoever is the nominee.