Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

De Blasio Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

De Blasio Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday he is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic primary, ending his campaign after struggling to gain traction in the race.

"We have a chance to get it right in 2020", de Blasio added.

De Blasio says he feels he's contributed all he can "to this primary election".

De Blasio announced in May he would be running, but has had relatively little success.

According to the Real Clear Politics average, de Blasio was polling at less than 1 percent nationally.

De Blasio, 58, launched his candidacy in May with the central campaign message "Working People First", becoming at the time the 24th Democrat to attempt to take on U.S. President Donald Trump in next year's election.

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"So I am going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City and I'm going to keep speaking up for working people". Blasio branded the president "Con Don", and highlighted how he had already fought the Trump administration on everything from climate change to immigration.

De Blasio is the sixth Democratic candidate to exit the race since July.

He is the second candidate from New York to end a campaign recently, following Kirstin Gillibrand, the New York Senator who dropped her bid last month.

De Blasio boasted of his administration's record on police reform but was followed around on the campaign trail both by protesters from the city's largest police union and by hecklers demanding that he fire the officers involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. After a strong performance in the first round of debates in June he flubbed a campaign appearance in Miami by quoting Che Guevara.

He gave an update live on CNN, allowing space for Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker who is angling to be the next occupant of Gracie Mansion, to provide New Yorkers with constant and precise updates via social media.

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