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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 CubanSave 0 on this beginner's guide to NFTs and benefit long-term Mark Cuban: 'No chance' I'll run for office Ebay to allow NFT sales on platform 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 AxelrodSally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' Symone Sanders 'hurt' at being passed over for press secretary: report Jen Psaki says the quiet part out loud about Joe Biden MORE, said that in May he had hired a pollster to assess his chances in a three-way race with President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning 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.

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“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 ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit 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 AmashCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports MORE (L-Mich.), announced he would not seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.