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Andrew Yang, former presidential hopeful and 2021 candidate for mayor of New York City, announced his official departure from the Democratic Party on Tuesday, ahead of the expected launch of his new third party. 

In a statement on his website, Yang described the “strangely emotional” experience of changing his registration to become an independent voter after having been a Democrat since 1995. 

“Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way,” he said.

He added that he was “confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing.”

“Now that I’m not a member of one party or another, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people in it,” Yang said.

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