Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has received a lot of criticism over his billionaire status within the Democratic Party’s nomination contest for president in 2020. But the large sums of money he has accumulated may help the eventual candidate to defeat President Donald Trump in November — even if Bloomberg isn’t the party’s nominee.
According to reporting from NBC News, Bloomberg currently has a staff of 500 election workers across the country. Bloomberg is committed to paying those individuals to keep on working through November, dedicating themselves to helping the eventual nominee from the Democratic Party win the presidential election.
Reportedly, Bloomberg is going to pay that large staff no matter who the nominee is.
“Mike Bloomberg is either going to be the nominee or the most important person supporting the Democratic nominee for president. He is dedicated to getting Trump out of the White House,” campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said.
Much of his staff are located in several battleground states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which helped deliver Trump an Electoral College victory in 2016. Bloomberg also has staff in states like North Carolina, Arizona, and Florida, which are teetering toward being swing states in this year’s general election contest as well.
Bloomberg will use the campaign apparatus he’s building to support the eventual Democratic nominee, even if it’s not him. https://t.co/AirLo92rfV
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 10, 2020
Bloomberg doesn’t have a high chance of winning the Democratic Party’s nomination at this moment — his polling is well-outside top-tier status at this time. According to a Morning Consult press release on January 7, data from that organization indicates that Bloomberg is polling at just 7 percent nationally. Within early states, his polling is even worse, with just 3 percent of voters in those states saying he’s their preference.
Still, a lot could change between now and the end of the month. Regardless of the outcome, however, Bloomberg will likely be a big financial force in the general election race, even if he’s no longer in the running to be president.