Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

New York Mayor de Blasio to endorse Sanders in 2020 Democratic race

New York Mayor de Blasio to endorse Sanders in 2020 Democratic race

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rising in the polls, his successor and a former presidential candidate is wading back into the 2020 Democratic primary.

Sanders, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, said he was "so proud to have the support of a New York City Mayor fighting every day to improve the lives of New Yorkers".

De Blasio noted his pride in endorsing Sanders, pointing out that the Vermont Senator has "for decades" worked toward the same "progressive agenda" as has the mayor. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Democratic primary on Friday.

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The endorsement comes after Sanders came out of the first nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire as a front-runner among the Democrats vying to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 election.

De Blasio was in the presidential race for only four months a year ago and never exceeded 1% in a debate-qualifying poll; even voters in NY did not support him.

According to the New York Times, which cited "people familiar with the plans", de Blasio is "expected to travel with Mr. Sanders on Sunday and Monday in Nevada, where they will appear together at canvassing events ahead of the caucuses there on February 22". When exactly de Blasio will announce his endorsement is unclear, but he is expected to head to Nevada on Sunday to start campaigning around the country. However, he said in 2019 that Sanders would have beaten current President Donald Trump had he won the nomination.

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