Mike Bloomberg is counting on a contested convention as his path to winning the Democratic nomination.
The former Mayor of New York City outright admitted that such an event is the “only way I can win” in an interview with NBC on Monday.
The ultrabillionaire declined to predict if he’d win any states at all during the interview. His admission of a brokered strategy convention could be proof enough that he realizes Joe Biden has consolidated the lane of moderate Democratic voters he hoped to marshal when announcing his late-stage bid for President.
Bloomberg’s strategy is reminiscent of that of John Kasich’s 2016 campaign for the Republican nomination, which counted on being handed the nomination at the convention after only winning one state during the primary process.
Talk of contested and brokered conventions surfaces almost every election cycle, but a true contested major party convention hasn’t actually occurred since 1952. The prospect of a contested convention isn’t impossible this time, as a crowded late field of Democratic candidates could mean no candidate obtains the 50% of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination on the first ballot.
The strongest indication that a brokered convention campaign strategy might actually be viable is the stated preferences of the Democratic Party’s ‘superdelegates,’ party elites who have voting powers divorced from the democratic primary and caucus process. Queries of the establishment-friendly superdelegates have already revealed the party elites are chomping at the bit at the prospect of blocking a potential Bernie Sanders nomination, even if the democratic socialist leads with a plurality of delegates.
Bloomberg would have to convince the superdelegates to support him instead of Biden. In any case, it’s rather sad that a nominally ‘major’ party candidate such as Bloomberg is openly pinning his campaign strategy on byzantine convention tactics instead of appealing to the voting public.
Kanye West Announces Presidential Campaign; 2020 Spoiler?
A shock entry to the Presidential race.
Rap artist and businessman Kanye West announced that he would be running for President in a surprise Saturday tweet; surprising some political commentators on what would be a late entry to the 2020 election. However, the Montana resident and businessman declined to specifically confirm that he would be running in the 2020 election, which is merely four months away.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West generally trends conservative and adopted pious Christian views several years ago; changing the subject matter of his music to better reflect biblical themes. He’s maintained a warm relationship with President Trump, speaking of his opposition to stifling political correctness in the entertainment industry; the rapper even stated that he planned to cast his first ever vote for President Trump in the 2020 election.
Should he run in this election, it seems more likely that West would be at least inclined to vote for himself.
However, West’s appeal to the black community could mean that he serves as a de facto spoiler taking away enough votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to prevent the party elder figure from securing a November victory.
West was edited into the Wikipedia article for the pending 2020 presidential election hours within his tweet, being featured as a major party candidate in the election summary of the page.
Kanye West is yet to file a declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Committee, and it’s too late for him to get on the ballot on many major American states, raising questions about the timing or seriousness of his supposed 2020 campaign. However, the colorful musician could be referring to a 2024 campaign.
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