Bill de Blasio drops out of 2020 race after languishing for months behind Democratic rivals
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his bid for the 2020 presidency after poor support for his campaign."I have reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary," he wrote in a Friday op-ed for NBC News.
"I saw America in full - not as it appears on Twitter and cable news, where we're constantly shown a country hamstrung by our differences and unable to tackle the problems we face," he added. "We have more in common than we realize - and more and more of us across the country are overcoming our divisions and standing up for working people."
He said that he will now "redouble my efforts to improve the quality of life of everyday New Yorkers" by continuing his policies for paid personal time off, universal health care, and a Green New Deal for the city.
The latest of Insider's survey of the 2020 Democratic primary found that despite 51% of respondnts having heard of them, only 10% would be satisfied with him as the nominee and 44% would be actively dissatisfied.
Watch de Blasio's announcement on NBC's "Morning Joe":
Breaking: Bill de Blasio announces he is ending his presidential campaign pic.twitter.com/vL8GcX3xV5- Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) September 20, 2019