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 hits 'shameful' plans for White House Christmas party without COVID-19 stimulus Celebrities turn to Georgia Senate runoffs in wake of 2020 election Mark Cuban asks voters to 'reconsider' donating to Georgia run-off elections 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 AxelrodBiden faces monumental task healing divided country Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team Biden rolls out national security team MORE, said that in May he had hired a pollster to assess his chances in a three-way race with President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' 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 ClintonBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Clinton says it meant 'great deal' to hold inauguration weeks after riot 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 AmashRepublicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Michigan GOP lawmaker says he's 'strongly considering' impeachment Newly sworn in Republican House member after Capitol riot: 'I regret not bringing my gun to D.C.' MORE (L-Mich.), announced he would not seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.