After spending more than $400 million of his own money on advertising and skipping early primary states, Michael Bloomberg has overtaken Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren in recent polling averages and is now closing in on Joe Biden, with less than a percentage point separating the two in the latest results. The surge qualifies him for the Nevada Democratic debates and next week’s debate in South Carolina, which would now put him up against candidates that are eager to face off against him. In particular, Warren and Sanders have already indicated that they have a strategy to take on the New York billionaire, painting Bloomberg as a privileged, prejudiced elitist that has bought his way into the race.
Bloomberg’s campaign has framed the presidential race as a three way contest between Sanders, Trump, and Bloomberg, setting the stage for a showdown between two New York billionaires in the general election in November. In the meantime, Bloomberg has been preparing himself for the debate stage with practice sessions with his campaign team. A Bloomberg-Trump showdown would be another battle of New York-based politicians, following a 2016 presidential race that had Trump facing Hillary Clinton, both from the Empire State.
Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders has surged ahead of the pack, carrying a strong following in polls and upping his rhetoric against the other candidates. There is definitely concern within the Democratic institution about his viability as a candidate in a race against Trump. Bloomberg, meanwhile, has virtually limitless financial resources and will continue his aggressive advertising campaigns leading into Super Tuesday on March 3, where a multitude of states will hold their primary elections.