Bill de Blasio drops presidential bid

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Bill de Blasio drops presidential bid

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Shivansh Ahuja

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Shivansh Ahuja

Shivansh Ahuja

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

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And then there were 19. Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Sept. 20 that he would end his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“After several months of campaigning, I have reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary,” de Blasio wrote in an opinion on MSNBC.

He was slated to appear at the Polk County Steak Fry this weekend as one of 18 candidates to attend the central Iowa event.

Executive Director of the Polk County Democrats Judy Downs said organizers weren’t expecting de Blasio to appear at the steak fry.

De Blasio spoke at the Iowa State Fair in August, centering his pitch on left-leaning policies, endorsing Medicare for All, and the Green New Deal.

In his opinion piece, de Blasio said he would “redouble” his efforts in New York City and work to implement policies he focused on during his campaign such as universal health care, guaranteeing paid time off, and addressing automation in replacing jobs.

“Fighting for working people and ensuring that New York City remains the vanguard of progressivism will continue to be my missions,” de Blasio wrote.

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