De Blasio drops out of US pres’l race

Democratic presidential candidate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on 7 September 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP)

NEW YORK, United States — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he was ending his floundering bid to be nominated as the Democratic candidate in next year’s US presidential election.

“It’s clearly not my time, I am going to end my presidential campaign,” he said in an interview on the MSNBC television network.

De Blasio vowed to “continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people”.

The announcement comes after de Blasio failed to qualify for the most recent televised debate among candidates as he struggled to get more than one percent in opinion polls.

His lengthy absence from the mayor’s office while on the campaign trail had also drawn widespread criticism, including from President Donald Trump who reacted to the announcement by ridiculing his fellow New Yorker.

“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,” Trump said on Twitter.

De Blasio is the second Democratic contender from New York to throw in the towel after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ended her campaign late last month after also flatlining in the polls.

Former vice president Joe Biden is currently ahead in the polls followed by the left-wing senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

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