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Bloomberg Says Only Sure Path to Victory Is via Contested Convention

Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said his only path to the Democratic nomination is through a brokered convention, and he acknowledged that he may not win any states in the consequential elections on Super Tuesday.

“I dont know whether youre gonna win any,” Bloomberg told reporters at a field office in Miami in response to a question about which of the 14 states voting on Super Tuesday he expected to win.

“You dont have to win states, you have to win delegates,” the former New York City mayor added, predicting that no one candidate will get a majority of delegates.

“Then you go to a convention, and well see what happens,” Bloomberg said.

Asked if he wanted a contested convention, Bloomberg said, “I dont think that I can win any other way.”

Bloomberg has poured more than $500 million into his campaign since joining the race in late November 2019. He appeared on the ballot for the first time in the presidential race on Super Tuesday.

Despite the massive investment, Bloomberg polled in third and fourth place in key Super Tuesday states, including California and Texas. Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) led the polling in six out of eight of the most populous states where voters headed to the polls on March 3.

Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged as the chief challenger to Sanders ahead of Super Tuesday after winning the South Carolina primary and securing the endorsements from Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), both of whom dropped out of the race after the contest in South Carolina. Another former competitor, former Texas Rep. Beto ORourke, publicly backed Biden while a new wave of mayors, lawmakers, and donors said they would support the former vice president.

Biden has argued in favor of a contested convention, which would occur if no Democratic candidate emerged from the primary elections with a majority of delegates. Sanders has opposed the idea, arguing that the candidate with the most delegates should receive the partys nomination.

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