WASHINGTON – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he was calling off his run for the Democratic candidacy in the 2020 presidential election due to his failure to win any significant support among voters of his party.
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time,” De Blasio said in an interview on the MSNBC network.
The mayor of New York was unable to rally the support of his party, nor was he on hand for the most recent debate among hopefuls for the Democratic presidential candidacy last week in Houston.
There still remains a large group of Democratic contenders, 10 of whom were in the last debate.
Leading the surveys at present are former Vice President Joe Biden followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Others still in the contest include former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
De Blasio avoided offering specific support for any of the other contenders after dropping out of the race.
“Whoever our nominee is, let’s make sure we are speaking to the hearts of working people and they know we are on their side,” said De Blasio, who was reelected as New York mayor in 2017.
The 10 who took the stage in Houston were the only ones out of the 20 Democrats still in the race who fulfilled the conditions set by the party to take part in the debate, by having more than 130,000 donors and at least 2 percent of voter preference in four national surveys.
Though the Democratic campaigns for the primaries have gone on for months, the contenders will not begin to see who their nominee will be until next Feb. 3 when Iowa, the first state to vote, will hold its primary election.
On the Republican side, President Donald Trump has already announced that he will seek reelection, and though there are three contenders ready to dispute the conservative candidacy, polls show they have scarcely any following.
The conventions of the two parties, at which each will formally elect its candidate, will be held midway through next year, with the presidential election taking place in early November 2020.