New: Democrat Matthew Dowd has ended his campaign for Texas lieutenant governor. https://t.co/kPcfYgM1qN— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) December 7, 2021
In his press release, Mr. Dowd claimed that his exit from the race was because he did "...not want to be the one who stands in the way of the greater diversity we need in politics" and that it came from "a place of integrity".
You, gentle reader, are of course free to take Mr. Dowd at his word.
As for me, in all my years on the Matthew Dowd beat Mr. Dowd has never given me any reason to take his word about anything. Questions from internet pests (me) about why he destroyed his entire Twitter archived were never going to go away, and I suspect but cannot prove that his internal poll numbers showed that his candidacy was doomed and that he chose to leave via the front door under his own steam before voters had a chance to chuck him out the window.
So you're welcome.
I further suspect that the resources his campaign amassed will be rolled into whatever political tommyrot he'll unveil with great fanfare on MSNBC at some point in the near future.