Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE has reportedly spent about $120 million in digital and television ads since joining the presidential race last month.
The billionaire candidate is targeting large Super Tuesday states such as California and Texas, spending more than $13 million in each of those states, Politico reported Wednesday. Bloomberg has also spent that much in Florida, which votes a week after Super Tuesday, according to the news outlet.
Before he entered the race in late November, an aide to Bloomberg said the philanthropist would be willing to spend “whatever it takes” to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
Politico reported that Bloomberg has already outspent all of his competitors. Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE has reportedly spent $83 million in ad buys, the second most, followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE, who has reportedly spent $19 million.
Steyer, unlike Bloomberg, has focused on the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, according to Politico.
The candidates are part of a crowded field that is vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Bloomberg is polling at about 5 percent nationally and Steyer is polling at about 1.5 percent, according to aggregation site RealClearPolitics.
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