Bloomberg $100 million, other key battleground states.
Former New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is committing to spend $100 million in Florida to help Joe Biden win the state.
Bloomberg’s $100 million “will be used to turnout voters for Joe Biden in Florida” through a mix of television and digital ads, in both English and Spanish, a spokeswoman for the effort said Sunday, with a key focus on Hispanic voters. The funds will be spent partially through Independence USA, Bloomberg’s personal super PAC. Some of the funds will also be earmarked for other Democratic super PACs and Democratic election efforts in Florida that are already under way.
The goal is to free up the Biden campaign to spend its own money in other key states like Pennsylvania, as well as to force Republicans and Trump’s campaign to spend heavily in Florida, leaving Republicans with less to spend elsewhere, the spokeswoman said.
“Mike Bloomberg is committed to helping defeat Trump, and that is going to happen in the battleground states,” said Kevin Sheekey, a senior Bloomberg adviser and former campaign manager. “Mike’s substantial investment in Florida, in addition to his contributions to the DNC and to voter protection and restoration efforts this cycle, will mean Democrats and the Biden campaign can invest even more heavily in other key states like Pennsylvania, which will be critical to a Biden victory.”
Bloomberg’s announcement comes as the race for Florida’s 29 electoral votes is tightening, with an NBC News/Marist poll last week showing Biden and President Trump tied there, each with 48 percent of likely voters. That poll and others of late have shown Biden underperforming with Latino voter in Florida, where Trump has been campaigning heavily.
Although Trump’s campaign is still predicting he will win Florida, last week campaign officials briefed reporters on potential paths for Trump to win the election even if he loses Florida, in a rare acknowledgement of the possibility he could lose his adopted home state. Trump won Florida by barely 1 percentage point in 2016.
The president reacted to the announcement Sunday morning, tweeting: “I thought Mini Mike was through with Democrat politics after spending almost 2 Billion Dollars, and then giving the worst and most inept Debate Performance in the history of Presidential Politics. Pocahontas ended his political career on first question, OVER! Save NYC instead.”