Bloomberg says his only path to the nomination is through a contested convention

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesMike Bloomberg held a press conference in the Little Havana neighbourhood of Miami on Super Tuesday.
  • Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City told reporters on Super Tuesday that he believed a contested convention was his only path to the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Asked by a reporter whether he wanted a contested convention, Bloomberg replied, “I don’t think I can win any other way.”
  • Fourteen states, American Samoa, and Democrats abroad were scheduled to vote Tuesday, meaning a huge block of delegates was up for grabs.
  • “I have no expectations for today,” Bloomberg said of his chances on Super Tuesday.
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Michael Bloomberg, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on his campaign and put all of his focus on the states scheduled to vote on Super Tuesday, said he believed his only path to the Democratic presidential nomination would be through a contested convention.

Speaking with the press in an Miami, Bloomberg said, “I don’t think I can win any other way.”

“But a contested convention is a democratic process,” he continued. “There are rules in the Democratic Party of how you go about this.”

The Democratic National Convention is set to take place in July in Milwaukee.

In February, Politico reported that Bloomberg’s team was planning for a scenario in which Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont entered the convention with a plurality of delegates but not the 1,991 required to win the party’s nomination on the first ballot.

“Somebody will have a plurality,” he said Tuesday, adding, “and then you go to a convention, and then you’ll see what happens in the convention.”

Asked on Tuesday whether was feeling any pressure to drop out of the race after his fellow moderates Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar did so and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, Bloomberg defiantly told reporters “I have no intention of dropping out – we’re in it to win it.”

Bloomberg also attempted to downplay expectations for his performance on Super Tuesday. His campaign took the unconventional approach of skipping the early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina to focus on the massive delegate haul available Tuesday. But in his first real chance to secure delegates, he did not make any grand predictions about his performance.

Bloomberg said he didn’t know whether he’d win any of the 14 states holding primaries on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

“I have no expectations for today,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “But we will have a decent number of delegates.”

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