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Bloomberg Qualifies For Nevada Last Second; Trump Sounds Alarm For Sanders
Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg delivers remarks during a campaign rally on February 12, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Bloomberg is holding the rally to mark the beginning of early voting in Tennessee ahead of the Super Tuesday primary on March 3rd. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is surging in both national and state polls, among them a pair of new Nevada Democratic presidential polls, where his spike in support has just qualified him for Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. With billionaire Bloomberg gaining momentum, President Trump has, yet again, sounded the alarm for current frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over his “crooked” party’s attempt to “take” the nomination from him once again.

As reported by The New York Times Tuesday, Bloomberg’s performance in a new Nevada poll has officially pushed Bloomberg into the Las Vegas debate Wednesday, giving the former Republican mayor his first chance to face off against his Democratic rivals.

“A national poll from NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist released on Tuesday showed Mr. Bloomberg with 19 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, putting him in second place behind Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had 31 percent,” the Times reports. “That was a substantial surge since the group’s poll in December, when Mr. Bloomberg received only 4 percent support.”

As the Times explains, the new poll is the fourth national qualifying poll since mid-January that showed Bloomberg with at least 10 percent of the Democratic vote, “enough to earn him an invitation to the debate stage before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.”

As The Associated Press reports, Bloomberg’s qualification for Nevada follows the DNC recently dropping its campaign contributions requirement for candidates to qualify for debates, “opening the door for Bloomberg to be on stage and drawing the ire of some candidates who dropped out of the race for failing to make prior stages.”

After feeling like the DNC torpedoed their candidate in 2016, Bernie supporters have criticized the rule change, suspecting more machinations by the establishment against the radical senator.

On Tuesday morning, Trump played on those suspicions, issuing a warning to Sanders, who came in an extremely close second in Iowa, won New Hampshire, and leads in some Nevada polls.

“The Crooked DNC is working overtime to take the Democrat Nomination away from Bernie, AGAIN!” Trump tweeted, referencing the complaints about the DNC’s bias for Hillary Clinton over Sanders in 2016. “Watch what happens to the Super Delegates in Round Two. A Rigged Convention!”

Another new Nevada Democratic primary poll, this one by Monmouth published Tuesday morning, shows Bloomberg co-leading the race with Sanders, both candidates receiving 22% support, while former Vice President Joe Biden is third with 18%.

Bloomberg’s eleventh-hour qualification comes amid the collapse in support for former frontrunners Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who both vastly underperformed in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. Insiders say that both candidates’ campaigns are running on fumes financially. Bloomberg, who entered the race late, has been drawing from his estimated $60 billion in personal wealth to roll out a political ad blitz which has helped him gain traction in the national polls, where he is rapidly looking like the consensus second-place candidate, including among bettors.

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