Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has only been in the Democratic primary race for two weeks. He hasn’t participated in a single debate (and apparently doesn’t intend to). He has been the subject of an endless parade of negative publicity from pundits and politicians on the left. And yet despite all of that, Bloomberg has already surpassed Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in the first poll taken since he officially threw his hat into the ring.
From The Hill:
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) topped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in a new Hill-HarrisX poll of the Democratic presidential primary race.
The survey released on Monday found that support for the former mayor ticked up from 3 percent to 6 percent among likely Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning independents.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), meanwhile, fell behind with 2 percent support, a two-point decrease.
This marks the first Hill-HarrisX poll that has been taken since Bloomberg officially jumped into the 2020 race, though he was included as a possible candidate in a previous survey.
However, Bloomberg still significantly trails the party’s current front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden (D), Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D). All four contenders have vied for control of the top tier of the Democratic field for months.
Make no mistake about it, even though Bloomberg’s showing surpasses expectations, he’s got a long way to go if he wants to seriously compete with the frontrunners. Biden led the poll with 31% support, Sanders came in second with 15%, and Warren slipped to third with 10%. It is also worth remembering, of course, that national polls don’t carry as much weight in a primary situation as they do in a general election (though they are of limited value there, as well).
Bloomberg has already come under attack from Warren, Sanders, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar for what they characterize as an attempt to buy the nomination with lavish ad spending. But he’s also come under fire from President Trump. The president lashed out this week at Bloomberg News’s decision to avoid any scrutiny of Democratic candidates, lest they be perceived as biased towards their founder.
“Mini Mike Bloomberg has instructed his third rate news organization not to investigate him or any Democrat, but to go after President Trump, only. The Failing New York Times thinks that is O.K., because their hatred & bias is so great they can’t even see straight. It’s not O.K.!” tweeted Trump.