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U.S. election 2020: Bloomberg donates $100m for Biden in Florida

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U.S. election 2020: Bloomberg donates $100m for Biden in Florida

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg promised to provide at least $100 million to help Democrat Joe Biden hold the presidential election in Florida.

On the battlefield, Florida is the state with the most electoral college votes needed to win elections.

Bloomberg has spent $1 billion this year in an attempt to defeat Biden and become the Democratic challenger.

Donald Trump hinted that he would spend his own money in the state before the early vote on September 24.

Both campaigns are eager to attract voters who may be casting their votes by post early and set the tone of the campaign for the final weeks.

As the coronavirus pandemic prompts voters to avoid polling stations, postal votes are expected to be twice as many as in 2016.

Of the 270 electoral college voters needed to win the election, Florida provided 29.

President Trump won Florida in 2016, while Democrat Barack Obama took the state in 2012.

Bloomberg’s adviser Kevin Sheekey told Reuters: “Mike Bloomberg is committed to helping defeat Trump, and that is going to happen in the battleground states.”

Donald Trump responded in a tweet by criticising Bloomberg’s own run to become the Democratic presidential candidate, in which he supposedly expended $409 million.

“I thought Mini Mike was through with Democrat politics,” he wrote about the former mayor of New York City. “Save NYC instead.”

Earlier this week, when a reporter asked him if he was considering spending his own money in Florida, Trump told reporters: “If I have to, I will. Whatever it takes, we have to win.”

The president initially had a significant financial advantage over his competitors, but Biden’s successful fundraising filled the gap.

 

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US election 2020: Bloomberg donates $100m for Biden in Florida

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