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Bloomberg at 3 Percent in New Poll as He Plans $100 Million Ad Blitz

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is at 3 percent in a new poll—tied with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)—as he plans a $100 million advertisement campaign against President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg, 77, has still not committed to a 2020 bid but he appears to be moving toward entering the race. He filed to be on the ballot in Alabama and Arkansas, the states with the first filing deadlines, before beginning the digital campaign.

The campaign, which targets voters in four general election battleground states—Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—was set to start running on Friday, according to Bloomberg spokesman Jason Schechter.

Bloomberg himself is not featured in the ad campaign.

“We will have other ads that feature Mike Bloomberg,” Howard Wolfson, a top political adviser to Bloomberg, told the New York Times. “You will be seeing a lot of Mike Bloomberg.”

“Were very clear: A case that we make for Mike is that he is the best candidate to take on Trump, and one of the reasons he is the best candidate is he can take the fight to him immediately and robustly,” Wolfson said, noting the blitz would be focused on anti-Trump content.

One example of a new ad: An image of Trumps Twitter account that says, “A TWEET SHOULDNT THREATEN OUR COUNTRYS SECURITY.”

Meanwhile, a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos shows that Bloomberg would be tied in fifth if he entered the race.

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From left to right, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in file photographs. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images; Scott Eisen/Getty Images; Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Shown a sample ballot of Democratic candidates, 3 percent of respondents said theyd vote for Bloomberg. He was tied with Harris.

They were both behind Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Biden and Sanders were tied in first at 19 percent, followed by Warren (13 percent) and Buttigieg (6 percent).

Bloomberg was ahead of a number of candidates who have been in the race for months, including Sen. CorRead More – Source