WASHINGTON:– Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee said on Friday he is dropping out of the race for Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Chafee, who was polling at the bottom of the Democratic field, announced his decision in a speech to the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, according to a copy of his remarks released by his campaign.–Reuters

Polls have shown former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leading the three Democratic candidates remaining in the race after Chafee's departure.–Reuters