Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, quest to occupy the Oval Office hit a brick wall after he failed to win a single state in Democratic Party Super Tuesday contest despite spending a breathtaking $234 million on advertising.
Bloomberg poured $77 million into California and $57 million in Texas, and finished behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden in both of them. Aides said he was reassessing his candidacy after those disappointing results.
Bloomberg , who was the ballot for the first time Tuesday after skipping the four early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina in order to concentrate on the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states and beyond acknowledged that the possibility of a contested Democratic nominating convention in July in Milwaukee was his only pathway to becoming the party’s standard-bearer.
“I don’t think I can win any other way,” he said.
Tuesday night, when asked if the results changed Bloomberg’s thinking about the race ahead, campaign manager Kevin Sheekey re-emphasized that “every day the campaign is re-evaluating.”
Biden and Sanders emerged as the big winners from the contest with former Vice President so far garnering 9 of the 14 states up for grabs on Tuesday. Sanders won 4 states including California. Biden leads with a narrow margin in Maine, with collation still ongoing.