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How a high school student scooped de Blasio on own presidential announcement

Bill de Blasio got scooped on his own presidential campaign announcement — by a 17-year-old politics whiz who broke the news more than 12 hours before the mayor made it official.

Eagle-eyed Gabe Fleisher spotted an obscure Facebook post about an event in Sioux City, Iowa Friday night, billed as de Blasio’s “first stop on his Presidential announcement tour,” though misspelling his name as “di Blasio.”

The St. Louis high school student journalist, who runs a politics-driven daily newsletter called “Wake Up to Politics,” blasted out the news to his more than 24,000 followers on Twitter around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.

“The cat was out of the bag,” the teen told the Washington Post Wednesday night.

Then, he got to work. He reached a de Blasio aide in New York who confirmed the Iowa trip but declined to say whether he was announcing a run for the White House.

“But then they chose to break the embargo, and the news was everywhere,” Gabe said.

The Facebook post about the Iowa event, hosted by the Woodbury County Democratic Party, was later deleted — but not before national media outlets took notice.

“It was exciting to watch it instantly get attention and trigger discussion,” said Gabe.

After spending months waffling on whether to run, de Blasio officially announced his 2020 bid around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, making him the 23rd Democratic candidate in the race.

The announcement landed at the top of Gabe’s Thursday morning newsletter, along with items about Alabama’s abortion law and President Trump’s forthcoming immigration proposal.

“Despite de Blasio’s stature as the twice-elected executive of America’s most-populated city, his presidential efforts have yet to gain traction,” Gabe wrote.

His love of politics blossomed during the 2008 election, when he was around 6 or 7.

He was around 9 when he wanted to talk shop with his busy mother, who told him, “put it in an email.”

“So I did,” Gabe said, recalling the beginnings of his blog.

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