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Jim Webb quits Democratic race

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb said Tuesday that he will drop out of the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

The former senator did not declare an independent run, but he said he is weighing his options.

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Former Senator Jim Webb speaks during a news conference in Washington October 20, 2015.  Webb said on Tuesday he will drop his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and explore an independent run for the White House.
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Former Senator Jim Webb speaks during a news conference in Washington October 20, 2015. Webb said on Tuesday he will drop his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and explore an independent run for the White House.

Webb, who served as Navy secretary during Ronald Reagan's presidency, announced his decision to withdraw from the Democratic Party race during an afternoon address at the National Press Club.

During last week's Democratic debate, Webb complained several times that he was not given sufficient opportunities to speak. Pundits and online polls focused much of the post-debate attention on front-runner Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.