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Mayor de Blasio unlikely to qualify for presidential debate in September

2019-08-28

In this file photo, Mayor Bill de Blasio photographed during a press conference on August 2, 2019. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

It’s deadline day for Mayor de Blasio — and it doesn’t look like Hizzoner will qualify for the next presidential primary debate.

The mayor has until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to meet fundraising and polling thresholds that would land him a spot in September’s televised Democratic debate.

Candidates must earn at least 2% in four separate national or early state polls to be on stage. Their campaigns also must have 130,000 unique donors and 400 individual contributors per state in at least 20 states.

De Blasio only had about 6,700 individual donors as of June 30, when most recent federal campaign filing period ended. He’s has been pleading for supporters to give just $1. “Help me stay on that debate stage,” he said during a radio hit on July 26.

He’s consistently polled around zero to 1%. Candidates must get 2% in polls released between June 28 and Aug. 28 – and the Daily News found only two surveys during that time where de Blasio got 2%. But neither were conducted by organizations approved the Democratic National Committee.

The mayor made debates in June and July because the thresholds were far lower.

De Blasio hinted on Monday that he wouldn’t make the next debate stage. But the mayor noted that the October presidential debate have the same qualifications, so he’ll have more time to meet them.

“What I’m learning…about a presidential campaign is its so many different pieces,” de Blasio said on NY1 Monday. “The debates are a piece of the equation.”

The debates will be hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision during the second week of September. The first will be on Sept. 12 and a second will be held on Sept. 13 if more than 10 Democrats qualify.

Ten have met the mark as of Wednesday midday: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Obama Cabinet secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and techie Andrew Yang.

Reps for de Blasio’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Undeterred, de Blasio is expected to hit the campaign trail for the rest of the workweek.

He’ll travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday night. De Blasio is speaking at the 2019 Nevada State AFL-CIO Annual Constitutional Convention on Thursday afternoon before he heads to Los Angeles, where he’s expected to appear on “Pod Save America.” The podcast was started by former Barack Obama staffers

The mayor is also expected to attend a Red Sox game with his son Dante on Friday night when they play the Los Angeles Angels. He’ll return to the city Saturday, according to his campaign.