Bloomberg launches presidential bid with record-setting ad campaign

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

November 25, 2019: Michael Bloomberg formally announced he was running for president. Amy Klobuchar announced new Nevada hires.

There are 11 new candidates running since last week, including five Democrats, two Republicans, and one Libertarian. In total, 964 individuals are currently filed with the FEC to run for president.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Bloomberg plans to skip the first four states on the primary calendar and focus on winning the delegate-rich Super Tuesday states instead. …

In fact, previous presidential candidates who tried some version of this strategy failed miserably. For instance, in 2008, when Rudy Giuliani was still best remembered as a former New York City mayor, he counted on a win in the Florida Republican primary to neutralize his expected losses elsewhere. He led in the Florida polls — often by huge margins — right up until Iowa and New Hampshire. But afterward, then-Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney surged past Guiliani in the Sunshine State, and he dropped out after placing third there. Similarly, in 1988, then-Sen. Al Gore attempted to win the Democratic nomination by ignoring Iowa and New Hampshire and focusing on winning a bunch of Super Tuesday contests in the South, his home region. And while Gore did win several states that day, it still didn’t translate into the momentum he needed in subsequent contests, and he too lost the nomination. Indeed, Bloomberg would be trying to join a shortlist of only two modern presidential candidates who won their party’s nomination despite losing both Iowa and New Hampshire.”

– Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight


  • Michael Bennet is attending an education discussion at the University of New Hampshire Law School on Monday.
  • Joe Biden attended a private fundraiser in Providence on Sunday. Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee endorsed Biden.
  • Michael Bloomberg formally announced he was running for president on Sunday. He launched a $34 million ad campaign that will run in markets in the Super Tuesday states until Dec. 3, breaking the top weekly broadcast expenditure record previously set by President Barack Obama. Bloomberg said he will not accept any donations for his campaign or a salary if elected president.
  • Pete Buttigieg is holding several community events across Iowa on Monday. He released his policy plan for long-term care and retirement.
  • Julián Castro campaigned at the Siouxland Pride Alliance in Iowa on Sunday.
  • The Burlington Hawk Eye interviewed John Delaney about infrastructure and economic opportunity zones.
  • Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that she was 3,000 donors away from meeting the fundraising threshold for the December presidential primary debate.
  • Rep. Salud Carbajal (Calif.) endorsed Kamala Harris on Friday, marking her fourth Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsement.
  • Amy Klobuchar hired Marina Negroponte, the former Nevada state director for Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, to lead her efforts in Nevada. Cameron Miller will serve as Nevada political director.
  • Deval Patrick is speaking at the “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Monday.
  • Bernie Sanders is holding a town hall in Salem, New Hampshire, on Monday.
  • Tom Steyer campaigned in Iowa on Sunday and will make stops in Charles City and Northwood on Monday.
  • Elizabeth Warren will campaign in Iowa on Monday and Tuesday, including an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board.
  • Marianne Williamson campaigned in South Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Andrew Yang said he will not appear on MSNBC until the network apologizes for limiting his inclusion in the debate and omitting him in reports on fundraising and polling.


  • Donald Trump is expected to spend more than $200 million in Florida, his new permanent residence.
  • Joe Walsh spoke at the National League of Cities’ presidential forum on Friday.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: November 25, 2015

The Bernie Sanders campaign announced it was sending two dozen more paid field staffers to Iowa.