Sanders adviser: Bloomberg 'may have all the money, but we definitely have all the people'

A senior adviser to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE presidential campaign said Thursday that the Vermont independent's supporters are a more powerful asset than the money being spent by billionaire candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTop Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations The Memo: 2020 is all about winning Florida MORE.

Chuck Rocha touted Sanders’s grassroots support during a Hill.TV interview, arguing that the former New York City mayor “may have all the money,” but Sanders has “all the people” behind his campaign.

“That’s always been the key to our success: our grassroots momentum and the grassroots support,” Rocha said, adding that Bloomberg “may have all the money but we definitely have all the people."

According to a RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Sanders trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE by 5 percentage points, registering 21.8 percent support.

Sanders is in a virtual tie with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change MORE in the Iowa caucuses. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Buttigieg has 26.2 percent of state delegate equivalents and Sanders has 26.1 percent.

Rocha’s comments come as Bloomberg has seen a rise in national polls to third place alongside Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon No new taxes for the ultra rich — fix bad tax policy instead MORE (D-Mass.). A Hill-HarrisX poll released last month found Bloomberg and Warren tied with 11 percent support, while a Morning Consult survey published Monday found the two White House hopefuls registering 14 percent each.

Compared to his rivals, Bloomberg has taken an unconventional approach to seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. As most of his fellow contenders turn their attention to New Hampshire, Bloomberg has decided to bypass the first four voting states and instead focus on states that vote later in the process.

Bloomberg is ramping up his ground game in Super Tuesday states, which are slated to hold their primaries on March 3. He announced that his campaign has more than 2,000 staffers in those states.

He has also opted to self-fund his campaign, pouring millions of dollars into advertisements. Despite a late entry into the race, Bloomberg has already spent more than $100 million.

According to The Washington Post, Bloomberg plans to double his television spending in advertising markets across the country in an effort to boost his chances and take advantage of the disastrous outcome of the Iowa caucuses.

—Tess Bonn