Michael Bloomberg Isn’t Running In New Hampshire, But He’s In Everyone’s Head

Michael Bloomberg Isn’t Running In New Hampshire, But He’s In Everyone’s Head

MANCHESTER, N.H. ― Michael Bloomberg , the former New York mayor and multibillionaire media mogul who has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money into a presidential bid, spent the weekend thousands of miles away, campaigning with television’s Judge Judy in Oklahoma City. He’s not on Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire , and won’t appear on the ballot in any state for nearly a month. But that hasn’t prevented him from looming over the first primary voting, and his forthcoming showdown with the rest of the Democratic field is a constant source of conversation and speculation for voters, operatives and political tourists. As the leading campaigns for the nomination to challenge GOP President Donald Trump prepare to exit New Hampshire and head to bigger and more diverse states over the next three weeks, Bloomberg’s late arrival in the Democratic race ― and likely appearance in next week’s debate in Nevada ― presents an opportunity for some candidates and challenges for others. Bloomberg’s money erases the small-dollar dominance of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign, while also playing into Sanders’ rhetoric about how billionaires have corrupted the political system. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign is looking for a game-changing moment, has long sought political combat with Bloomberg. And Bloomberg’s gains among Black voters threaten the core of former Vice President Joe Biden’s firewall. (The campaigns of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar both remain focused on the […]

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