It’s good to have a bottomless bank account. Well, we hear it is. Anti-gun financier and presidential vanity candidate Michael Bloomberg has dropped $200 million dollars on his drive for the Democrat nomination so far. And he’s only been in the race since the middle of November.
To put that in perspective, the rest of the field has spent $222 million. Combined.
Gun rights supporters are watching the hoplophobic hypocrite‘s campaign with particular interest since he’s not only used his billions to fund gun control electoral campaigns across the country, but he’s also the owner and proprietor of Everytown for Gun Safety.
But according to The Daily Beast, Daddy Bloombucks isn’t exactly on track for electoral success. At least not yet.
Just eight weeks out from Super Tuesday, the richest trove of delegates on the primary calendar, the billionaire Democrat is not on track to pick up a single one—despite dropping gobs of cash and saturating the airwaves—internal polling data shared exclusively with The Daily Beast from a rival presidential campaign reveals.
The Democratic National Committee’s primary rules stipulate that a candidate must win 15 percent of the vote statewide or 15 percent by any congressional district in order to collect any delegates. Internal models do not show Bloomberg above 10 percent in any of the first four early voting states—Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, where he is intentionally ceding by bypassing campaigning there–or any district in the 15 delegate-rich states set to vote on March 3.
According to the Politico, he’s dumped a huge portion of that $200 million pile of cash into states like California, Texas and Florida. And it hasn’t really moved the needle much so far.
More from the Daily Beast . . .
“Based on polling I’ve seen, both public and private, Bloomberg isn’t on track to pick up a single delegate on the Super Tuesday states, even places he’s got endorsements,” one unattached top strategist familiar with the delegate process told The Daily Beast. “Not nearly enough to get to 15 percent right now.”
The internal models are particularly problematic given that Bloomberg’s unconventional primary strategy rests on a strong Super Tuesday showing. Having decided to opt out of competing in the first four states—a tactic none of his rivals have used—his campaign is strategizing around the March 3 event’s potential to kick off a wave of successes that will ultimately translate into a win for the Democratic nomination. Flooding the airwaves with ads and investing heavily in staffers, including top operatives in key states, have factored largely into the campaign’s calculus for winning large amounts of the delegates up for grabs on that day.
We can confirm a fecal ton of the diminutive demagogue‘s cash is being spent on Lone Star State media. You can’t watch even a half a playoff football without seeing Mike’s warm, welcoming smile or hearing tales of his famous compassion for the everyman.
So while no one is more pleased to see that he seems to be stuffing wads of cash down an electoral rat hole than we are, it’s probably too soon to do any victory dances.
— The Truth About Guns (@guntruth) January 11, 2020
Keep in mind that Bloomberg is worth an estimated $54 billion. Hillary Clinton set an all-time record in the last presidential cycle by spending $768 million on her failed campaign. Bloomberg is on pace to pass that before the Democrats’ convention and could double that amount without even breaking a sweat.
So we can’t take any joy at Michael Bloomberg’s apparent lack of traction just yet. When you have as many piasters on hand as he does, you’ve always got a chance.