Biden primary challenger Dean Phillips won't run for re-election to Congress

Rep. Dean Phillips, a longshot candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, announced Friday that he will not seek election to a fourth term representing Minnesota’s Third District in the House.

A one-time vice chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, Phillips described a nation “facing a crisis of cooperation, common sense, and truth” in a statement released by his office.

“Civility matters, respect matters, listening matters, and effective governance matters,” he said. “No party has a monopoly on solutions, and we must stop fighting one another and begin fighting for one another — before it is too late.”

Phillips is taking on a Herculean task in challenging incumbent President Joe Biden in a primary. While polls show that many Democrats aren’t satisfied with Biden as their nominee, there’s scant evidence to suggest that Phillips or anyone else has a legitimate shot to beat him — or that most voters have ever heard of Phillips.