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Paul Massey's NYC Mayoral Race Ends Abruptly Over Lack of Funds

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Paul Massey ended his bid to become New York City's mayor on Wednesday. (masseyformayor.com)

By    |   Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 02:56 PM

Republican Paul Massey unexpectedly dropped out of the race for New York City mayor on Wednesday because he couldn’t raise enough money to keep going against incumbent Bill de Blasio.

“I do not see a path to raising the necessary funds to beat an incumbent mayor. I am forever indebted to my family, team and my friends for their support,” Massey said in a statement.

Massey, a first-time political candidate, raised $3 million and spent $5.2 million on the race so far, about twice what incumbent de Blasio spent in the same time period. The millionaire real estate executive had loaned himself $2.7 million in order to keep going, but was not raising enough money to continue running a successful campaign, according to the New Daily News.

“I will continue to be a spokesman for the kind of nonpartisan results-oriented leadership I have been advocating for all along,” his statement continued.

With Massey out of the race, assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will likely be the frontrunner in challenging de Blasio for the Republican party’s nomination.

Massey and Malliotakis held a breakfast debate Wednesday morning in which Massey was criticized for saying New York police were “fudging” crime statistics.

Massey later said he was told by people “out in the streets” that they believed the police force was fudging statistics, not that he believed it himself, the Daily News reported.

Twitter users commented on the suddenness of Massey’s exit and what might have caused it.

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Republican Paul Massey unexpectedly dropped out of the race for New York City mayor on Wednesday because he couldn't raise enough money to keep going against incumbent Bill de Blasio.
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