Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has opened up his wallet to try to buy his way into this race, and it seems to be paying off.
After spending tens of millions of his own money to promote his fledgling campaign, Bloomberg has now surged into third place in national polls, past Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), whose campaign has begun to show signs of complete collapse.
The race is tightening up
Former Vice President Joe Biden is still the favorite among national polls, but his support is starting to take a major hit.
According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday, Biden now only holds 23 percent of the vote, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) now holding 18 percent.
Right behind those two is Bloomberg, now earning 12 percent. Warren slid down to fourth place with 10 percent after briefly rising to the top of the polls in 2019.
Bloomberg has been on the rise since he announced his campaign fairly late in the game, although many are wondering if his delayed announcement will cost him the nomination.
All about super Tuesday
Unlike the other candidates, Bloomberg has decided to completely ignore the four opening states’ primaries. Most candidates have been virtually living in New Hampshire and Iowa for several weeks now, but Bloomberg remains focused on Super Tuesday.
His strategy is paying off, as he now has a higher percentage of support in Super Tuesday states than he does nationally, with 13 percent.
The candidate most likely to be hurt by Bloomberg’s rise is Bernie Sanders, as Bloomberg is taking away support from Sanders in key states like Florida.
This many actually be one of the few elections where we come out of Iowa and New Hampshire with a candidate leading the race that may not even make it past Super Tuesday.
Depending upon the poll, Pete Buttigieg is likely to garner the majority of delegates out of Iowa and New Hampshire, but his support will likely fade quickly after that.
From that point, it is more than likely going to be a two- or three-horse race with Biden, Sanders, and possibly Bloomberg fighting it out the rest of the way.