No midsummer night's debate for Moulton

Andrew Harnik/AP photoDemocratic presidential candidate and Salem Congressman Seth Moulton Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Congressman Seth Moulton will abandon his long-shot presidential campaign later today, according to several published reports.

The Salem Democrat will make the announcement official later this afternoon in a speech before the Democratic National Committee in San Francisco.

The 40-year-old former Marine announced his centrist campaign in the spring but never gained traction. He failed to crack the 1% level in any polls of the crowded Democratic field and did not qualify for either of the first two Democratic debates.

Moulton, who could not immediately be reached for comment, has said he will run for reelection in the 6th Congressional District. Unlike past years, however, he faces a primary challenge. Lisa Peterson, a Salem city councilor, and Jamie Zahlaway Belsito of Topsfield have both announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination.

According to a copy of his speech obtained by The Associated Press, Moulton will say, "Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important to the American people and our future."

Moulton focused on mental health treatment after revealing his own struggles on that front as a combat veteran. He joins Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in exiting the presidential race this week.

This story will be updated.

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