Politics

Jim Webb joins 2016 White House race

Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is throwing his name into the race for president.

"After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the presidency of the United States," the former secretary of the Navy and former assistant secretary of defense said in a message on his personal website, www.webb2016.com.

Webb announced in November he was forming an exploratory committee to run for president. In early June, he said he would make a decision by month's end.

He served as senator of Virginia from 2007 to 2013.

According to a RealClearPolitics average of polls among Democrats, Webb has the support of 2.3 percent of voters, enough for fourth place in a field of six current and potential candidates. The three candidates ahead of him are polling in the double-digits: Hillary Clinton has 63 percent, Vice President Joe Biden has 13.5 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has 12.7 percent in an average of the last five major polls.

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