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The big picture: Bloomberg is planning to skip the four early states, including Nevada, per AP. The former New York City mayor is instead setting his sights on states with a large number of delegates, like California and other Super Tuesday states.

  • Bloomberg also recently took the unusual step of setting up a campaign office in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which has 11 delegates at stake.
  • All other Democratic candidates successfully filed for the Nevada caucuses, which will take place on Feb. 22.

What they're saying:

"We are confident we can win in states voting on Super Tuesday and beyond, where we will start on an even footing. But the late timing of our entry means that many candidates already have a big head start in the four early states, where they've spent months and months campaigning and spending money. We have enormous respect for the Democratic primary process and many friends in those states, but we are running a broad-based, national campaign to beat Donald Trump and win in November.”
— Galia Slayen, Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman

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