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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Senate Dems Afraid Bloomberg Run Could Mean GOP Victory

While the former NYC mayor hasn’t officially thrown his hat into the ring, some Senate Democrats are already worried about the possible effects of a Michael Bloomberg candidacy. While it’s uncertain he could give Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton or party rival Bernie Sanders any real competition, his Independent run could split the Democratic vote, effectively handing the race to the GOP. 

It’s happened before: Ross Perot received 19 percent of the popular vote in 1992—mainly from voters who otherwise would have voted for GOP incumbent President Bush—resulting in a Bill Clinton presidency. Similarly, a Reuters poll shows a Bloomberg run could reduce Hillary’s lead over GOP front-runner Donald Trump from 10 points to 6, and a Morning Consult poll found that he could garner 12 percent of the vote in a race between Sanders and Trump. 

It remains to be seen whether Bloomie will jump into the race. We’ll keep you posted.