It was less than three years ago that Michael Bloomberg, who’s now thinking about running for president, said that it was “impossible’’ for him or any independent candidate to reach the White House.
A new national poll suggests that he may have been right the first time, and that his candidacy could change the election’s dynamics.
A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found that in a hypothetical race with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee and Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic ticket — presumably the scenario most conducive to a Bloomberg victory — Trump was chosen by 37% of likely voters, Sanders by 30%, and Bloomberg by 16%.
Without Bloomberg in the mix, Trump and Sanders were in a dead heat — 44% to 43%, within the poll’s margin of error. Bloomberg drew 13 percentage points from Sanders and only seven from Trump. …
Bloomberg says he’s so distressed by the tone of the presidential campaign — “an outrage and an insult to voters’’ — that he’s considering what he so recently and categorically dismissed. And he’s reportedly willing to spend $1 billion of his $41 billion (as per Forbes) to do so.