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Should Bill de Blasio have started his presidential campaign earlier?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially ended his campaign for the White House. De Blasio, who never managed to garner any kind of serious support, told reporters he wished he had started running for office earlier. Many believe a late start date was the least of his problems. The mayor was also facing scrutiny from ethics watchdogs about donations made to his non-profit; sharp criticism about shirking his responsibilities in New York; and a general lack of charisma. What do you think?

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De Blasio told reporters he felt he hadn't started his campaign soon enough—he didn't announce his candidacy until mid-May, well after most of the Democratic field. 

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In early polls in Iowa, de Blasio didn't garner a single supporter. However, as Gothamist reports, he had started creeping his way up the polls. He managed to net one supporter in a Siena College poll of New York voters. 

But there are signs of surging momentum elsewhere. In Iowa, he now finds himself in a three-way tie for 15th place, with 1 percent of likely Democratic voters saying they'll caucus for him, and another 1 percent considering it.
Take those Iowans, combine them with this one older guy in New York, and you've got the makings of a solid base—or at least a semi-plausible excuse to continue bailing on your day job for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, isn't that what democracy is all about?
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One voter does not a groundswell make. After failing to make the debate stage in September, de Blasio's chances seemed scant. Per Gothamist

Although de Blasio positioned himself as a progressive who knew how to take on President Donald Trump, he failed to gain momentum, registering around one percent in national polls since launching his campaign in May. A recent statewide poll in New York found only [one] respondent who said he intended to vote for de Blasio for president. After he failed to qualify for this month's Democratic primary debate, de Blasio said he would have to reconsider whether to continue his campaign if he did not qualify for the October debate. Although the deadline for that debate has not yet passed, his prospects were looking increasingly bleak.
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The general tone on Twitter—mocking the mayor and erstwhile candidate—made it pretty clear he wasn't necessarily a popular option for Democrats. 

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Politics
Should Bill de Blasio have started his presidential campaign earlier?
#BillRunEarlier
A festive crown for the winner
#GoHomeDeBlasio