Despite his high-profile job, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still struggling to gain traction in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field.
In a recent Iowa caucus poll produced by CNN, the Des Moines Register, and Mediacom, de Blasio was one of two candidates — the other being Miramar, Florida Mayor Wayne Messam — to not be the first or second choice for president among a single one of the poll's respondents.
And it's not as if de Blasio is getting much hometown love, either. New Yorkers, in fact, much prefer their own senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. In a hypothetical head-to-head poll, Gillibrand trounced de Blasio among New York Democratic voters, 56 to percent to 25 percent statewide. The numbers don't change much in New York City — Gillibrand holds a 56 percent to 29 percent edge there, which is not entirely surprising considering de Blasio holds just a 36 percent approval rating among New York City voters.
Polls aside, de Blasio is also lacking in media coverage. Earlier in June at a press conference in Orangeburg, South Carolina, just after de Blasio received his first endorsement from the city's mayor, only three reporters were present. Though it appears the mayor and his campaign team are proactively choosing to ignore New York's press corps and their unflattering portrayals.
There is one piece of data for de Blasio to hold his hat on for now, though. New York voters reportedly prefer him to President Trump, whom the mayor is leading by 12 points in polls, The New York Post reports. Tim O'Donnell