NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mike Bloomberg has suspended his presidential campaign following a disappointing performance on Super Tuesday and is throwing his support behind Joe Biden.
"Three months ago, I entered the race for President to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump – because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult," the billionaire said in a statement.
Bloomberg poured hundreds of millions of dollars of his own fortune into advertising in an attempt to get a leg up on the competition in the Super Tuesday states, but had a disappointing showing. He was the winner in only one contest, Amercican Samoa, and failed to gain the percentage of delegates that he would need to keep going.
“The delegate math has become virtually impossible – and a viable path to the nomination no longer exists," Bloomberg said.
Baruch College political science professor Doug Muzzio says Bloomberg’s departure was the best thing he could have done.
“Mike Bloomberg is anti-charismatic and that's what's sunk Mike Bloomberg, was the debate performance,” he said.
Democratic political consultant Hank Sheinkopf also notes that the former New York City mayor got into the race too late and didn’t have the name recognition to surge.
“He was in it for a hundred days, it was late entry. He was running against people, like Bernie Sanders, who spend their lives preparing to run for president. It was a tough campaign and the proof here is that money, alone, is not sufficient to win a race,” he tells WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
Bloomberg has now given his endorsement to Biden, saying he has the "best shot" to defeat Trump.
"I remain clear-eyed about my overriding objective: victory in November. Not for me, but for our country. And so while I will not be the nominee, I will not walk away from the most important political fight of my lifem" Bloomberg said. "I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden."
Bernie Sanders won California, Utah, Vermont and Colorado.