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Richard Ojeda, West Virginia Democrat, launches long-shot bid for president

November 12, 2018

Less than a week after losing his bid for Congress in West Virginia, state Sen. Richard Ojeda has set his sights on a bigger political prize: the White House.

Mr. Ojeda, a former Army paratrooper, released a 30-second video signaling the launch of his long shot bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

“I never dreamed that I would come home only to find children in my own backyard that have it worse than the kids I saw in Afghanistan,” Mr. Ojeda says in the ad. “I spent decades fighting for this county, and now it is time to go to D.C. and defend our homeland.”

The 2018 field of contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination is expected to be big.

Rep. John Delaney of Maryland also is already running, while others are expected to get into the race later on.

Mr. Ojeda’s announcement features footage of him vowing “to stand with the working-class citizens over all else if they don’t like it, hit the road.”

Mr. Ojeda fell in the midterms last week to Republican Carol Miller in the race for the open seat in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.

Mrs. Miller, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, defeated Mr. Ojeda by a 56 percent to 43 percent margin.

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