Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waves after speaking at a campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
My RedState colleague Bonchie wrote this morning about how Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who hasn’t won a primary or caucus yet, has vowed to take her fight to win the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the Democratic National Convention in July.
But as it turns out, she’s not the only one charting that course.
In an interview done with NBC News last Thursday, Michael Bloomberg made a similar admission, declaring that he will stay in it “right to the bitter end”, meaning he’s ready to fight for the nomination on the DNC floor if necessary:
“Why would I spend all of this money, all of this time out of my life, and wear and tear, you know, which I love — incidentally, (it) reminds me of my three campaigns in New York for mayor, which I did like,” he told Hunt, the host of “KasieDC.” “The difference here is I’ve got to fly from event to event where there I used to drive from event to event. But yeah sure, I love it, I am going to stay right to the bitter end, as long as I have a chance.”
Bloomberg said that if Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hit the delegate threshold to secure a majority ahead of the Democratic National Convention this summer, then he would not continue his presidential bid. If Sanders had amassed only a plurality, however, Bloomberg says he will keep pressing forward.
“I mean, if it was one vote away from a majority, then you’d have to start thinking about (getting out),” Bloomberg said. “But yeah, if it’s just a plurality, you got to be in it to win it. Anybody that goes in, yeah, I’m running a race, and I’m behind with one lap to go. What, am I going to quit? No, you run harder.”
And unlike Elizabeth Warren, who has posted disappointing results in all contests to date – which probably won’t change on Super Tuesday, Bloomberg could have a compelling case at the convention, if his polling averages in delegate-rich states like Texas and Virginia translate into strong finishes on Tuesday and beyond.
Here’s the delegate count as of this writing:
The latest Democratic delegate counts, per the AP. pic.twitter.com/PkIs7ZhW0g
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Warren is going nowhere fast. Bloomberg, of course, was not on the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina but he will be on all ballots on Super Tuesday and his polling averages suggest he’s poised to do much, much better than Warren in terms of delegate count numbers.
Assuming Bloomberg is competitive tomorrow as the numbers suggest he will be and he stays competitive, he’ll be in it for the long haul. You don’t put millions of your own money into something like this to just bow out early.
Along with Warren’s promise to take it all the way to the convention, Democrats could be facing a nightmare scenario in July: No clear winner and a brokered convention at which their superdelegates would be the ones deciding who the Democrat nominee will be.
Fasten your seat belts and stock up on the popcorn, folks! Things are beginning to get really interesting.