Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) speaks as his wife Hong Le Webb listens during a news conference at the National Press Club October 20, 2015 Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
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Several low-polling candidates in the U.S. presidential race insist they are still viable contenders, even as voters and experts ask: Why? Jim Webb, for instance, has made zero impact on the race. He exited the Democratic nomination battle Tuesday much like he entered it – with few people noticing.But instead of riding his political horse into the sunset, the gruff-talking former senator and U.S. Marine is threatening one final mission: an independent run against the likes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively the Democratic and Republican frontrunners.Several back-of-the-pack Republicans are stubbornly holding firm, including Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, ex-New York Gov. George Pataki, and ex-senator Rick Santorum.Graham relentlessly demands a more muscular U.S. foreign policy, while Santorum sees himself as the moral conservative tilting the Republican field more toward his social and religious agenda.Two low-polling candidates, Republican Jindal and Democrat O'Malley, appear to be taking more calculated, strategic moves. Republicans no doubt draw inspiration from Santorum's inspirational 2012 campaign.
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