Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, dropped out the running for the Democratic presidential candidacy for 2020 on Friday, Sept. 20, following the fight to gain traction in a vast field of candidates.
De Blasio announced his decision in an interview with MSNBC. He did not endorse any candidate, but stated he would support the eventual Democratic nominee “with energy.”
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election, and it’s clearly not my time,” de Blasio told the hosts of “Morning Joe.” ″So I’m 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 and for a Democratic Party that stands for working people.”
De Blasio struggled to gain traction in the presidential race, not clearing 1% average approval. The Real Clear Politics poll of polls gave him 0.2% support as of Friday.
President Donald Trump tweeted : “Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”
Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
According to the New York Post, a recent college poll in Siena proved him less popular than President Donald Trump in New York. While Trump achieved a favorable rating of 35%, de Blasio fell even lower with a paltry 26% approval.
De Blasio joins New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Washington Sen. Jay Inslee, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and California Rep. Eric Swallwell, who have all left the Democratic primary race.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press