Bloomberg campaign manager defends skipping early nominating states

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 26th, 2019 1:07 pm

Last Updated Nov 26th, 2019 at 7:01 pm

The campaign chief for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has defended the former New York City mayor's strategy of skipping early nominating states.

"Mike is getting in this race because he thinks that Donald Trump is an existential crisis and he thinks he's on a path to victory and he's getting in to alter that dynamic," said Kevin Sheekey in an interview with CNN on Monday.

Sheekey said the general election really focuses on only about six states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona.

Polls currently show Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) defeating Trump only in Arizona, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is slotted to win in three of the states, and former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to win in four. None of the Democrats won against Trump in North Carolina.

"That's the whole general election. And right now Donald Trump is winning, he is winning that election," Sheekey said. "It's very tough for people who don't live in New York or California to understand that, but that is what's happening."

Sheekey said the campaign's strategy is to focus on a "national political campaign" and that Bloomberg will be speaking to "everyone in the country at once."


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