Dec 30, 2019

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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Mike Bloomberg declines to file for Nevada caucuses

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2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg will not appear on the ballot in Nevada's Democratic caucuses next month after failing to file with the state's party by the Jan. 1 deadline, AP reports.

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.

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Mike Bloomberg copies Trump to beat Trump

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To beat President Trump, Mike Bloomberg wants to be candidate Trump.

The state of play: Axios visited Bloomberg's new campaign HQ in Times Square yesterday, and we were struck by how much his 1,000+-person team is learning from — while trying to surpass — the Trump campaigns of 2016 and 2020.

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Bloomberg will pay staff to support whoever becomes Democratic nominee

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Mike Bloomberg will pay for the nearly 500 staffers on his presidential campaign to continue working through November to support whoever wins the 2020 Democratic nomination, even if it's not him, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The former New York mayor is focused on getting President Trump out of the White House, and his vast operation — focused beyond the traditional early states — could provide a strong foundation in key battleground states, like North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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