While browsing through various op-eds coming out this week in advance of the Iowa caucuses, I ran across one that really offers a strange take on the current crop of Democratic hopefuls. At the Los Angeles Times, Jon Healey poses a question that seems to come straight out of left field. Could the race for the nomination come down to a battle between Bernie Sanders vs. … Mike Bloomberg?
You can scoff if you like (and honestly, I wouldn’t blame you), but Healey is focusing on some of the recent polling numbers that don’t get nearly as much air time as the constantly shifting ratings of the four frontrunners. We’re all focusing on Iowa and New Hampshire right now, but Bloomberg wrote off those states and isn’t competing for that turf. But in other areas, he’s quietly been gaining some traction.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a new UC Berkeley Institute of Government poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pulling away from the field in California. Sanders is at 26% and rising, while his nearest rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is at 20% and fading (with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points).
Meanwhile, the latest Morning Consult poll of national voters shows former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg climbing like a rocket since he started dedicating cash-stuffed mattresses to his television advertising campaign late last year. The poll put Bloomberg at 12%, closing in on Warren (14%) but still well behind former Vice President Joe Biden (29%) and Sanders (23%). Biden and Warren have been heading down, Sanders heading up — but not at anything close to Bloomberg’s trajectory.