Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced that he is ending his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

Chafee made the announcement during a speech at the 22nd Annual National Issues Conference of the Women’s Leadership Forum.

[pull_quote_center]As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.[/pull_quote_center]

Chafee also took the time to highlight the need for equality, stating that “Republican agenda sets back women’s rights and I pledge all my energy towards a big 2016 victory for Democrats across the country.”

[pull_quote_center]Studies show that women tend to lead differently than men, in that women are more likely to be collaborative and team oriented. It is undeniable the benefits women provide to the pursuit of peace.[/pull_quote_center]

Chafee’s polling numbers have been consistently low since he launched his campaign in June, and according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Poll released on Thursday, Chafee received 0 percent with Vice President Joe Biden in the race and 1 percent without Biden running.

Following his speech, Chafee said that his decision to drop out stems from this week’s events, highlighting former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s performance at a hearing regarding the terrorist attacks that occurred in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

“Obviously it was a good week for Secretary Clinton,” Chafee said. “She did well in the debates and then Senator Webb got out, Vice President Biden declined to join the race, she did well in the Benghazi hearing and Gov. Chafee got out of the race.”

The end of Chafee’s campaign follows former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s announcement that he is also dropping out, and Biden’s announcement that he will not run in 2016. This leaves the following contenders for the Democratic nomination: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, also currently running for the Democrat nomination, has gained little attention in national media and was excluded from CNN’s October 13 Democratic presidential debate. Truth In Media’s Barry Donegan noted that Lessig had not obtained “at least 1 percent support in a specific set of polls that do not include him as a response.”

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