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US ELECTIONS 2020: HOW AVENATTI WASHED OUT TOO SOON AS SKELETONS CAME TO LIGHT

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Following a string of personal and professional controversies, Michael Avenatti made an abrupt announcement Tuesday that he’s taking himself out of the hunt for the White House. But perhaps more importantly, his decision to bow out of the race came as he was already struggling to connect during visits to early-voting primary states.

The high-octane Los Angeles-based attorney made this known in a statement posted to Twitter.

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“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020. I do not make this decision lightly—I make it out of respect for my family,” he said.

Avenatti – who called on Democrats to apply the ‘fire for fire’ approach to take down President Trump at the polls – emphasized he’s worried Democrats will nominate a presidential candidate in 2020 who “has no chance of beating Donald Trump.”

In a statement to Fox News, Avenatti vowed that “I will remain active because I am deeply concerned about the need for a winner.”

But even before his announcement, Aventatti’s potential campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination appeared to be wilting for an array of reasons.

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In New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary, some politicos made clear they were highly skeptical of his water-testing visits.

Michael Avenatti speaks with party activists and volunteers in Exeter, N.H., at the Rockingham County Democrats HQ on Oct. 22. (Paul Steinhauser)

Granite State-based attorney and Democratic activist Jay Surdukowski expressed his skepticism saying, “I think in New Hampshire we’re a pretty discriminating audience, and your personal and professional life kind of have to be in order – and it seemed like that started to unravel with him a little bit”.

Avenatti grabbed the national spotlight while representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against the president over a non-disclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 presidential election regarding alleged sexual encounters with Trump. Avenatti became a household name to many, thanks to his very frequent guest appearances on CNN and MSNBC where he repeatedly lambasted the president.

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As the legal commentator took aim at Trump, his message to other potential Democratic White House hopefuls was that the 2020 “election is going to be a brutal, knockdown, street fight, and if someone’s not up for that type of campaign, they need to stay home and not seek the nomination.”

He received loud applause from the hundreds of activists who traveled to rural Greenfield, N.H., in August to listen to Avenatti headline the Hillsborough County summer picnic and fundraiser. His appearance turned what could have been a sleepy gathering into a high-profile and lucrative event.