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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Drops Out of Presidential Race

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday morning he is ending his long shot campaign for the Democratic nomination. De Blasio got into the presidential race late in the game, joining an already crowded Democratic field in May. The mayor is deeply unpopular even in his own city, and New York voters had little appetite for him to take his leadership national. As a presidential candidate, de Blasio tried to parlay progressive policy successes during his tenure, such as enacting universal prekindergarten and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, but Democratic voters, flush with options for candidates, weren’t buying it.

De Blasio never made a dent in the race during his four months on the trail with poll numbers that showed him garnering just 1 percent of support. When the bar to participate in the debates was raised, de Blasio, like many lower-tier candidates for the nomination, was unable to qualify and found himself on the outside looking in with few avenues to get voters’ attention.

“I feel like I have contributed all I can to this primary election. It’s clearly not my time, so I’m going to end my presidential campaign,” de Blasio said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.