New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted on Wednesday that his presidential run may soon come to an end if he fails to qualify for the fourth Democratic debate in October. 

De Blasio said he didn’t consider the debates a “be-all-end-all,” but that it would be “tough to conceive of continuing” if he doesn’t make the debate stage next month. 

These comments came less than a week after de Blasio missed the Aug. 29 deadline to qualify for the September debate. Up until that point, de Blasio had projected confidence in his campaign despite consistently polling below 1% among voters. 

In an Aug. 20 CNN interview, he stated “the vast majority of Democratic voters are going to make their decision late,” which he suggested would leave him time to gain further traction in the Democratic field.   

Now, de Blasio appears to have less confidence in a late surge of support, though he has implied that he will stay in the race if he manages to qualify for the October debate. 

“I think the logical thing to say is, you know, I’m gonna go and try to get into the October debates and if I can, I think that’s a good reason to keep going forward,” he said. 

The most recent polls find de Blasio still below 1%, with little hope of a boost from the city he governs. An April 2019 poll found that 76% of New Yorkers were against de Blasio running for president, with 47% convinced that his presidential campaign would have a negative effect on the city. 

De Blasio’s case wasn’t helped by a New York Post story that revealed the mayor had spent a total of seven hours at City Hall in May, the month he launched his presidential bid. He has also recently come under fire for raising nearly 30 percent of his campaign funds through the New York hotel industry. 

In order to qualify for the October debate, de Blasio must achieve 2% support in four national polls and surpass 130,000 unique donors by Oct. 1.  

Tom Steyer, Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang have already qualified. 

WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer: “We’re facing real challenges as a nation, and we need big, structural change. Elizabeth Warren has plans for all of that and more—and that’s why she has my support.”

WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING: New York GOP: “Bumbling Bill de Blasio’s ‘presidential campaign’ is such a joke he’s turned it into a cross-country vacation funded by the taxpayers and his campaign donors.”

Written ByGrace Symes

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