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Bloomberg files for Democratic presidential primary in Arkansas

Bloomberg files for Democratic presidential primary in Arkansas
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Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFour years is not enough — Congress should make the child tax credit permanent Biden's spending plans: Good PR, but bad politics and policy Top 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study MORE filed on Tuesday to appear on the Democratic presidential primary ballot in Arkansas, the latest move from the former New York City mayor that suggests he’s moving toward a 2020 White House run.

Bloomberg hasn’t yet made a final decision on a presidential bid. But his filing in Arkansas comes days after he filed paperwork to be placed on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama ahead of the state’s Friday deadline for doing so. 

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Nov. 12 is the last day for candidates to file to be placed on the primary ballot in Arkansas. Reed Brewer, the communications director for the Democratic Party of Arkansas, confirmed in a tweet that Bloomberg had filed to be on the state's primary ballot.

A spokesperson for Bloomberg did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Both Alabama and Arkansas will hold their primaries on Super Tuesday on March 3, when voters in more than a dozen states will cast their votes for the Democratic presidential nominee. 

If he ultimately jumps into the Democratic nominating contest, Bloomberg is expected to bypass the four early primary and caucus states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — and will focus his efforts on Super Tuesday states, which also include delegate-rich California and Texas.

Skipping the four early states is something of an unorthodox strategy. Bloomberg’s mayor predecessor, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani lays off staffers: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE, took the same route during his 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, only to drop out of the race before the end of January.

Bloomberg previously floated the notion of a 2020 presidential bid, but ultimately backed away from a run earlier this year, believing that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE would prove too formidable of a candidate in the Democratic primary.

But a longtime aide to the former mayor said last week that Bloomberg had lingering concerns about the viability of the existing Democratic presidential field, adding that Bloomberg would be able to defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE in 2020.

Bloomberg isn’t the only former elected official weighing a late entrance into the Democratic presidential race. The New York Times reported on Monday that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is also mulling an eleventh-hour presidential bid, despite announcing late last year that he would not seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.