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NY Mayor de Blasio to announce 2020 presidential run

IANS  |  New York 

city Bill de will officially launch his bid to contest the 2020 on Thursday, the media reported.

De Blasio's Thursday entrance into the race will bring the total number of Democratic candidates to 23, including Indian-origin Senator and former Vice Joe Boden, with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast.

An informed source told on Wednesday that de will head out on the trail almost immediately following an appearance on ABC's Good Morning where he will announce his candidature and then travelling to and on his early itinerary.

The two-term Mayor, who in 2017 became the first Democrat re-elected to office in more than three decades, joins the race after months of deliberations.

De plans to highlight his record of liberal accomplishments in the nation's largest city, including enacting universal pre-kindergarten, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and overseeing a drop in crime to an all-time low, reports

With an estimated 8.6 million residents, city has a bigger population than 38 states, including Washington, and Montana, whose governors or former governors are also running for

But only 36 per cent of the New Yorkers said that they have a favourable opinion of him, according to a recent poll from

Given the city's unique global importance, de Blasio has overseen a police force involved in anti-terrorism and hosted world leaders at the UN, which is headquartered in

De Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, was also rumoured as a potential 2020 candidate but said in March that he would not run.

He is the last expected to enter the 2020 Democratic field, though there still might be surprise additions later.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 09:14 IST
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