2020 Candidates

Reminder: Bloomberg Isn’t Even On The Ballot in Nevada Or South Carolina

The mega-billionaire chose to skip the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has qualified for the latest Democratic presidential debate in Nevada — but he’s not actually on the ballot for the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22.

The deadline to submit a filing for Nevada was Jan. 1, 2020 at midnight. Though he announced his candidacy for president on Nov. 24, 2019, Bloomberg has intentionally chosen to skip every state that votes in February: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

Despite the fact that he’s not on any of these ballots, Bloomberg has received a disproportionate amount of media coverage in recent weeks, more so than candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (more on that here). Much of that coverage has included criticism of his past policies.

The Bloomberg campaign has said they’re skipping the first four voting states in favor of focusing on Super Tuesday states — on Tuesday, March 3, 14 states will hold primaries, accounting for about a third of all delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. Financing isn’t a problem for Bloomberg: he’s poured an unprecedented amount of money into his campaign so far, at this point spending more than President Obama spent on his entire 2012 campaign.

The former mayor with a net worth of around $62 billion has already faced accusations of trying to buy his way into the primary, as the DNC was criticized for changing their debate qualifications in order to allow Bloomberg to join the debate stage.

Some others, however, have said the DNC’s move to let him debate can be seen as a way to force him to face his fellow candidates on a national stage.

The fact that he’s not actually on the ballot in Nevada or South Carolina seems to be escaping much of the coverage he’s recently received, but it means by the time Super Tuesday rolls around, he still won’t have as many earned delegates as five other candidates.