Lincoln Chafee Ends Presidential Campaign

Chafee speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester in September. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 10:23 a.m. | Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee announced Friday morning he was ending his long-shot, obscure campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.  

Chafee made his announcement during a speech at the Democratic National Committee Women's Leadership Forum in Washington.  

Would Jim Webb Do Any Better as an Independent?

At the National Press Club Tuesday, Webb announced that he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In this campaign that has given an early rise to political outsiders, experts say there could be a place for a presidential candidate to run as an independent for president of the United States.  

The question is whether Jim Webb is that candidate.  

Analysts: Clinton Commanding in First Democratic Debate

Clinton answers a question while Sanders, left, and O'Malley listen. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tuesday night's Democratic debate showed that 2008 helped Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2015.

The experience the former first lady, senator and secretary of State gained debating Barack Obama in their race then gave her a command of the stage Tuesday her four opponents couldn’t match.

Webb Pitches Firefighters on Possible White House Bid

Webb teased firefighters about a possible presidential bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb hasn’t been seen much since announcing late last year he was exploring a bid for president, but he told a ballroom full of firefighters Tuesday they may be seeing a lot more of him soon.  

Webb delivered remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters Conference just off Capitol Hill, one of eight prospective White House contenders to speak in person on the second day of the gathering. (Jeb Bush spoke in a recorded video.) Wedged between Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, the published author’s subdued speaking style stood in contrast to two of the GOP’s more gifted orators. It was a reminder of the knock against Webb's potential candidacy: He loves the policy work of politics far more than the theater of the campaign trail.