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De Blasio dipping toe into icy waters

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At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands out in a crowd. But does he have any shot of standing out in the packed field of potential Democratic candidates for president?

A would-be progressive standard bearer, de Blasio has spent the past few months exploring a run, traveling to events in early primary states including New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and appearing on “The Simpsons” and “The View.”

So far, scant evidence of enthusiasm for his candidacy has emerged. He’s drawn sparse crowds at his out-of-state speaking engagements.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76 percent of New York City voters believe their mayor should not run.

The headlines chronicling his flirtations with the race have been snarky at best, including The New Republic’s “Bill de Blasio’s Embarrassing Quest for National Fame” and Vanity Fair’s “Lord Help us, Bill de Blasio is Still Thinking About Running for President.”

De Blasio has been undeterred.

“I’m glad I could unify the people of New York City,” he quipped when asked about the Quinnipiac poll. “My whole history has been as an insurgent and an underdog,” he said in a TV interview.

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