Democratic presidential candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio meets with local farmers about their concerns during a campaign stop. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that it seems unlikely he will qualify for the first Democratic primary presidential debate, but he argued that doesn't signal a failing campaign, reports Politico.

"We have a third poll that we think is a qualifying poll from Reuters that puts me at the qualifying level. But remember, even if you get those three polls, there's still a comparative dynamic with the candidates that has to ensue, so I'm not setting the expectation that I'll be in it."
— Bill de Blasio told Politico

Why it matters: De Blasio's campaign is already off to a rocky start — just 1 day in — with some questioning why he'd even want to join such a crowded Democratic field. But the chance to step onto the debate stage could present an opportunity to reintroduce himself to American voters and specify policy priorities.

Context: Already, de Blasio said he has secured at least 1% in 3 polls. But because there are now 23 Democrats — and the DNC has said that no more than 20 candidates will appear in the June or July debates — he may need to collect contributions from 65,000 unique donors, including 200 donors from 20 different states to qualify.

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