Wayne Messam Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla., dropped out of the presidential race.

He rarely registered 1...

He rarely registered 1 percent in the polls, and he did not qualify[1] for any of the Democratic debates[2].

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Mr. Messam was one of three sitting mayors to enter the race, along with Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and Bill de Blasio of New York. (Mr. de Blasio has since dropped out, but his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, appears likely to enter.)

He cast that as an advantage, saying that under his leadership, Miramar had grappled with many of the same challenges the country faces: It increased the minimum wage for city workers, declared itself a “safe zone” for undocumented immigrants, sued the Florida government in an effort to overturn a permissive gun law, and pledged to continue to support the Paris climate accords after President Trump rejected them.

But the odds for Mr. Messam were always extraordinarily long: Besides his low name recognition, no sitting mayor has ever been elected president[4].

In October, he reported raising just $5 in the third fiscal quarter[5] — an error that his campaign corrected a month later. In an amended report to the Federal Election Commission this week, he said he had actually raised $15,000 — lagging the next-lowest fund-raiser by more than $300,000.

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