Jim Webb drops out of Democratic presidential race, considers independent run

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Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race but is still considering running as an independent candidate.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Webb said he was "withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party's nominee for the presidency. ... How I remain as a voice will depend on what kind of support I'm shown in the coming weeks."

Webb has been averaging just over 1 percent in recent national polls.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb takes part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, speaks at the Iowa State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Des Moines. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, speaks during the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association presidential forum, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Democratic presidential candidate former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner, Friday, July 17, 2015, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb talks with employees during a tour of the Rippey Wind Farm, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Grand Junction, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, center, talks with employees as he tours the Rippey Wind Farm, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Grand Junction, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Jim Webb, former senator from Virginia, leads an Urbandale Democrats Flag Day gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance in Urbandale, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Webb, a possible 2016 U.S. democratic presidential candidate, is on a three-day visit to Iowa. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
URBANDALE, IA - JUNE 14: Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb signs an autograph after speaking at the Urbandale Democrats Flag Day Celebration on June 14, 2015 in Urbandale, Iowa. Webb is on a three-day tour of Iowa while he continues to explore his potential in a bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Jim Webb, former senator from Virginia, smiles while speaking to an attendee at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Webb, a possible 2016 U.S. democratic presidential candidate, said the U.S. needs a 'clearly articulated foreign policy statement' during his speech. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MASON CITY, IA - APRIL 12: Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) looks on during a fundraiser for Iowa House Democrats representatives Todd Prichard and Sharon Steckman at CHOP Restaurant on April 12, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa. Former Sen. Webb is considering a run for president in 2016. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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While Webb is weighing a possible independent bid, he's expected to take some time after Tuesday's announcement to talk with people from across the political spectrum before making a decision.

Webb has been struggling to raise cash, reporting just under $697,000 in his recent filing statement.

During the first Democratic debate last week, Webb had complained about how little time he had to answer questions.

A former Republican, Webb served as secretary of the Navy and assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan.

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