The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published an article about the most recent Marquette poll for the Democratic presidential race. They were surprised by the significant support that Senator Bernie Sanders is currently showing in Wisconsin. He has a double digit lead with 29% of the voters. Surprising? Well Yes and No. He won here in the 2016 primary and has had a very loyal and vocal following since that time.
But the item that I don’t think has garnered anywhere enough attention is the even more surprising strength of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg!
Sanders, who won the 2016 Democratic presidential primary election in Wisconsin, tops former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who now has the second-most support at 17% following heavy advertising in the state even though he hasn’t been on a ballot yet this primary cycle.emphasis mine
And exactly how did Mayor Bloomberg explode onto the scene? Well, the advertising blitz of course…but it appears he may be doing some serious damage to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Since November, support among Wisconsin’s Democratic voters for Sanders has grown from 17% to 29%, while support for Biden has fallen from 30% to 15%.
Yes maybe a few moved to Sanders…but I really doubt that.
I am not supporting Mr. Biden but to me it is very disheartening to see the success that billions of dollars are bringing to Mr. Bloomberg. And it is further disheartening to see Wisconsin fall for his Madison Avenue approach to running for president. He has so many flaws. His efforts in his campaign are beyond the cynical. He is so far away from being representative of the American people…much less the Democratic Party. But apparently even here…money talks.
Hopefully by the time Wisconsin votes in April, Mr. Bloomberg will be out of the race.