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He had consistently been polling low throughout the campaign
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ended his bid for the presidency.
Here's what we know
"It's true: I'm ending my candidacy for president," de Blasio wrote in a tweet Friday morning. "But our fight on behalf of working people is far from over."
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," de Blasio said, "I feel like I have contributed all I can to this primary election, and it's clearly not my time, so I'm going to end my presidential campaign."
"We have a chance to get it right in 2020," he said. "Whoever our nominee is, let's make sure we're talking to the hearts of working people."
How was de Blasio doing in the primary?
De Blasio had tried to paint himself as someone further to the left than candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), but he never managed to gain a solid base of supporters.
According to Real Clear Politics, de Blasio had averaged 0.2 percent support throughout his entire presidential campaign, polling lower than everyone except for Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam.
Even residents of the city he has run since 2013 have been markedly opposed to his presidential bid. According to a Quinnipiac poll from April, an overwhelming 76 percent of New York City voters said that he should abandon his presidential ambitions. They also lack enthusiasm for him overall, with only 42 percent approving of the job he's done as mayor, while 44 percent disapprove. The margin of error on this poll was +/- 3.8 percent.
Trump weighed in
As a resident of New York City, President Donald Trump tweeted his scorn. "NYC is devastated," Trump wrote of de Blasio's announcement on Friday. "he's coming home!"
As Politico noted, back in 2013 Trump, then a private citizen, had said that he thought de Blasio would "end up being a good mayor."
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