Billionaire 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg has spent over $124 Million in Super Tuesday states according to a new report from MSN.
In addition, Bloomberg has qualified to attend the Nevada debate tomorrow after a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
According to his campaign manager, he will attend and be there.
Some analysts believe choose to debate could be a risky move for Bloomberg, as the other 2020 candidates are likely to pile on against him, accuse him of trying to buy the election, and expose his weaknesses.
MSN reports Democratic presidential candidate Michael R. Bloomberg has spent more than $124 million on advertising in the 14 Super Tuesday states, well over 10 times what his top rivals have put into the contests that yield the biggest trove of delegates in a single day.
The only other candidate to advertise across most of those states so far is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has spent just under $10 million on ads for the March 3 primaries.
Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, has also poured millions into ground operations in Super Tuesday states. In Colorado, where voters already are casting primary ballots by mail, he has a paid staff of 55 people; Sanders has two.
For nearly three months, Bloomberg has been the only Democrat to devote most of his travel to those states, which include California, Texas and North Carolina. His opponents are still scrambling to gain traction in contests on Saturday in Nevada and Feb. 29 in South Carolina. Bloomberg is skipping those races, as he did earlier in Iowa and New Hampshire.
There will be 1,357 pledged delegates up for grabs on March 3; it takes 1,991 to capture the nomination.
Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University in Georgia, said it was “very significant” that Bloomberg was banking so heavily on Super Tuesday, an unprecedented strategy that makes the biggest day on the Democratic calendar even more important than usual.
“It’s going to really reshuffle the race,” he said.
Bloomberg’s money is having an impact on the highly fluid Democratic race. He now ranks in the top tier, behind Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden and just ahead of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., according to a Real Clear Politics aggregate of national polls.
Bloomberg’s rise has made him a prime target.
“Democracy to me means one person, one vote — not Bloomberg or anyone else spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy an election,” Sanders told 11,000 supporters at a noisy rally Sunday night in Denver.
In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Biden attacked Bloomberg for defending police stop-and-frisk tactics during his 12 years as mayor. Bloomberg’s $60-billion personal fortune “can buy you a lot of advertising, but it can’t erase your record,” said Biden, who is counting on black voters in South Carolina to revive his faltering candidacy after dismal results in the mainly white states of Iowa and New Hampshire.