Mark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president

Mark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark CubanMark CubanMark Cuban, Ted Cruz tangle on Twitter over national anthem and China Cuban, Walker battle over Black Lives Matter on NBA courts during Fox special Mark Cuban endorses Biden on Hannity: He 'actually wants to run a country' MORE says he will not run for president after refusing to rule out a third-party run earlier in the year.

Cuban, appearing Thursday on the podcast “The Axe Files” with ex-Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates GOP hunts for leverage in revived COVID-19 talks Pelosi says there shouldn't be any debates between Biden and Trump MORE, said that in May he had hired a pollster to assess his chances in a three-way race with President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 MORE and ultimately decided the numbers were not in his favor.

“In a three-way between me, Biden and Trump, I dominated the independent vote — I got like 77 percent percent of it and was able to take some votes away from Donald and some votes away from Biden,” Cuban said.


“But in aggregate, I was only able to get up to 25 percent. From every which way, crosstab, you name it, I had it analyzed and scrutinized every which way, projected, and they could only see me getting up to 25 percent. That’s why I didn’t pursue it further,” he added.

Cuban also floated a run in 2016 before abandoning the idea and endorsing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death MORE, but has suggested he was open to a 2020 run on numerous occasions.

The “Shark Tank” host denied he was motivated by concerns that his presence in the race would siphon votes from Biden and give Trump the edge.

“Not so much that. I just didn’t think I could win,” Cuban told Axelrod. “The competitive side of me thought, when people heard me speak, when people heard my positions, when people heard the fact that I understood what I was talking about and understood technology and none of the candidates understood technology that maybe I could do it.”

Cuban made the comments shortly after another potential third-party candidate, Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOn The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president History is on Edward Snowden's side: Now it's time to give him a full pardon Trump says he's considering Snowden pardon MORE (L-Mich.), announced he would not seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.