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Politics Bloomberg Heads to Arkansas to File for 2020 Presidential Primary

18:40  12 november  2019
18:40  12 november  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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Michael R. Bloomberg flew to Arkansas on Tuesday morning to personally file paperwork to become a presidential candidate in the state’s Democratic primary , sending a highly public signal about his strong interest in entering the 2020 race.

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Michael R. Bloomberg flew to Arkansas on Tuesday morning to personally file paperwork to become a presidential candidate in the state’s Democratic primary, sending a highly public signal about his strong interest in entering the 2020 race.

Michael Bloomberg wearing a suit and tie: Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, at a news conference in Las Vegas in February.© John Locher/Associated Press Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, at a news conference in Las Vegas in February.

Mr. Bloomberg arrived in Little Rock, Ark., with a few aides, according to two people familiar with his activities. Arkansas is the second state in which he will be on the Democratic primary ballot, after qualifying to put his name on the ballot in Alabama last Friday. The two southern states both have early filing deadlines, even though they are not among the first primaries on the calendar.

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Mr Bloomberg later filed paperwork for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama. But he has so far not announced that he is running for president . Both Arkansas and New Hampshire require candidates to file by next week. State-by-state votes, known as primaries and caucuses, will be held

Bloomberg also plans to file in Arkansas ’ Democratic primary before the state’s Tuesday deadline, Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson told CNN Friday evening. Bloomberg has privately expressed concerns about the strength of the 2020 field, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

“Mike wanted to go and do the filing himself,” said Jason Schechter, a spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg. “If he runs, he’s going to go to states that Democrats never go to in the primary campaign. We’re starting that today in Arkansas.”

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Mr. Bloomberg planned to have lunch at Sims BBQ with the mayor of Little Rock, Frank Scott Jr., during a brief visit to the city.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire media executive, is expected to make a final decision within days on whether to proceed with a presidential campaign. People close to him believe his mind is all but made up and his advisers have been recruiting potential campaign staff at a furious pace since the end of last week.

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Bloomberg is expected to file the necessary paperwork to get on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama this week, the spokesman said, the clearest sign to date that the Bloomberg has privately expressed concerns about the strength of the 2020 field, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

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But Mr. Bloomberg has not yet made any formal announcement and there is at least a chance he could back away from the campaign.

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Mr. Bloomberg is one of several prominent Democrats weighing a late entry into the 2020 campaign. Most serious besides Mr. Bloomberg is former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, who could jump into the race as soon as this week.

Mr. Patrick and his allies have been reaching out to Democrats in the early primary and caucus states, and Mr. Patrick spoke last week with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to tell him he was considering the race.

It is a reflection of the unsettled nature of the Democratic race that both men may join the primary fray so late. But Mr. Patrick and Mr. Bloomberg would likely approach the campaign very differently, starting with their activities this week.

If Mr. Patrick runs, he is likely to file to become a candidate in New Hampshire before the deadline for entry there on Friday. Mr. Bloomberg, however, has indicated he would skip all four of the early primary and caucus states in a presidential campaign, focusing instead on the so-called Super Tuesday primaries in March, and he may not even take the step of putting his name on the ballot in New Hampshire.

Mike Bloomberg files federal paperwork for presidential run, a key procedural move .
The billionaire and former New York mayor officially filed to run for president in the 2020 Democratic primary. It was not immediately clear if the Federal Election Commission filing represents he's entering the race or if it's more of procedural move.

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