March 7th, 2016 • iizthatiiz
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in an editorial on his own news site that he would not undertake an independent bid for the presidency.
Citing ballot access requirements, Bloomberg said he could no longer delay this decision.
Bloomberg commissioned a private poll in December to determine the feasibility of his mounting a independent campaign for the White House. The findings of that survey have never been publicly released, but Bloomberg seemed to refer to that polls results as being determinative in his decision.
But when I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.
Another factor in his decision process was his belief that if he ran as an independent, it would lead to either a Donald Trump, or a Ted Cruz presidency. Stating that in a three-way race, "it’s unlikely any candidate would win a majority of electoral votes", showing concern that this would put the decision into the hands of a Republican controlled Congress, writing "there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take."
While writing that he is not yet ready to endorse, his rejection of both Trump and Cruz all but serves as an endorsement for Hillary Clinton.