Dec 30, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Mike Bloomberg's campaign to open U.S. Virgin Islands field office

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Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign will open a field office in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the next few weeks, his campaign tells Axios.

Why it matters: It’s rare for a presidential campaign t0 open shop in an American territory, and the Virgin Islands aren't scheduled to hold their caucuses until June 6.

The big picture: The U.S. territory has 11 delegates up for grabs in 2020. 

  • This is further evidence of Bloomberg’s nontraditional campaign, focusing on delegate count rather than Iowa and other early states.
  • "Mike believes Americans in the territories are often overlooked and have an important voice and role to play in this election," said Dan Kanninen, Bloomberg's states director.
  • Bloomberg traveled to the Virgin Islands in 2017 as part of a major push to help hurricane recovery.

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