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Bloomberg names ex-Philadelphia mayor Nutter as national campaign chair

Bloomberg names ex-Philadelphia mayor Nutter as national campaign chair
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Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE scored an endorsement from former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), who will serve as his national political chairman. 

Nutter announced that he would be hitting the campaign trail with the former New York City mayor after endorsing him this week.

“Mike Bloomberg has been a friend, adviser, supporter, and certainly a mentor from the day we met,” Nutter said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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“These are extraordinary times and I think they require an extraordinary response. People want leadership...and are really looking for significant change. I think Mike brings that change," he added. 

Nutter in a statement on Friday also praised Bloomberg's position on a number of issues including "the drug crisis, gun violence, the environment and access to high-quality healthcare for all Americans.”

The endorsement is crucial for Bloomberg, who is looking to zero in on later primary states, including Pennsylvania. The state also holds great general election significance, given that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE flipped it from blue to red in 2016.

Bloomberg entered the race last month, marking a late entry into the crowded Democratic primary race. The former New York City mayor, who is not competing in Iowa and New Hampshire, has launched a multimillion-dollar ad buy across a number of states and media markets.

The strategy appears to have had an effect on some of the polls. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this week showed Bloomberg with 4 percent support nationally, trailing sitting Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) who had 5 percent support.