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Californian congressman Eric Swalwell has pulled out of the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for president. With seven months until Iowa voters go to the caucuses, Swalwell said he was ready to “go back to Washington” by running for re-election to the House of Representatives.

“Today ends our presidential campaign, but it is the beginning of an opportunity in Congress... to bring that promise of America to all Americans,” Swalwell said.

Swalwell’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after the first Democratic presidential debates, where the 38-year-old argued former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders should “pass the torch” to a younger generation of candidates.