When it comes to spending money, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg may have been the most talented candidate in the 2020 race by a long shot. But when it came time to transform his purchased exposure into delegates, the Big Apple billionaire was woefully inept.
Bloomberg entered the race late…very late. So late, in fact, that he was ineligible for some state ballots. What Bloomberg and his campaign team believed was that they could simply buy the nomination, and so Mayor Mike loosened up the purse strings on his vast fortune and got to advertising.
It was all for naught…expect for in the remote, tropical atoll of American Samoa.
Bloomberg announced his departure from the race after a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday in the slate of states that account for almost one-third of the total delegates available in the Democratic nominating contest. He won only the territory of American Samoa and picked up several dozen delegates elsewhere. Biden, meanwhile, won big in Southern states where Bloomberg had poured tens of millions of dollars and even cautiously hoped for a victory.
“I entered the race for President to defeat Donald Trump,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump -– because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult.”
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who has inexplicably remained in the race possibly to fulfill the “spoiler” prophecy foretold by Hillary Clinton, picked up a single delegate in American Samoa as well.
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