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Big-spending Bloomberg may yet emerge as the unlikely saviour the Democrats are craving

Aaron Blake


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Dark horse: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Cullen

Dark horse: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Cullen

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Dark horse: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Cullen

Back in 2016, a wealthy New Yorker got into a crowded presidential race and was immediately dismissed. Virtually nobody actually liked the candidate, polls showed, and there were also questions about how serious he was about the whole thing. Then that candidate won.

Could it happen again in 2020? The results of the Iowa caucuses have fed speculation that former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg might actually have a shot at the Democratic nomination.

He wasn't on the ballot, mind you, but the results - with a Democratic socialist senator and the young, former mayor of a relatively small American city finishing in the top two slots - seem to have cracked the door ajar to a wild card.