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Florida Mayor Wayne Messam Drops out of 2020 Race

Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam said on Wednesday that hes dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

Messam, 45, was one of the lesser-known candidates who have campaigned for the Democratic nomination but struggled to get name recognition or time on the debate stage.

“I jumped in an already crowded field of capable candidates to change the direction of this nation caused by the dysfunction of Washington and the poor leadership of the current presidency. I knew the odds were a steep hill to climb but I have always fought for what is right and will continue to break barriers never broken,” Messam said in a blog post.

“Despite not getting the same early media exposure as other candidates were freely given and transferring millions of dollars from existing federal campaign accounts as many of the candidates did, my campaign shocked many by being recognized as a credible candidate, registering in polls in early states, nearly making the first debate and polling just behind the top four candidates in my battleground state of Florida in a recent Florida Atlantic University Poll. In the end, it was not enough to continue this current race as a candidate.”

Messam said he will stay “engaged” during the 2020 cycle to try to help the Democratic nominee beat President Donald Trump. He said he will not seek higher office for now, saying “rumors concerning my next steps … are just that, rumors.”

From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory Booker, (D-N.J.), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris, (D-Calif.), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto ORourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced for the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston on Sept. 12, 2019,. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Messam announced his bid in March, releasing a video highlighting his familys history as immigrants from Jamaica and vowing to push for change in healthcare, Read More – Source

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