November 7, 2019

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly planning to file paperwork to enter the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama by Friday.

The billionaire has been weighing a bid for weeks, a Bloomberg adviser told The New York Times on Thursday, and he has not yet made a final decision on whether to launch a full-fledged campaign. Alabama has an early filing deadline to enter the race. The adviser said Bloomberg feels "the current field of candidates is not well positioned to" defeat Trump.

Bloomberg is a moderate Democrat who ran for mayor as a Republican and later became an independent. Experts say he would be capable of raising money quickly and could be a threat to former Vice President Joe Biden's candidacy. Summer Meza

February 15, 2017

Democrats counting the days until the 2020 election might want to curb their enthusiasm, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll has found. In a hypothetical election, President Trump would win his re-election if he ran against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) by a margin of 42 percent to 36 percent. That margin is "fairly impressive … for a less-than-popular president against the prominent senator," Politico notes.

Politico/Morning Consult has shown Trump with higher favorability than other polls for a number of reasons, with 49 percent of voters approving of his presidency, while 45 percent disapprove in the most recent survey. But "it looks like Trump's [honeymoon period] is ending," said Morning Consult co-founder and chief research officer Kyle Dropp. "The slate of bad news for the administration is catching up to him, although its important to note that his approval rating remains sky-high among people who voted for him in November."

That won't necessarily be enough. Even with Trump beating Warren in a hypothetical election, 43 percent of voters say they would vote for a "nameless" Democrat in 2020. Just a third say they'll definitely vote for Trump. Approximately a quarter of voters think Trump is the worst president of the last 100 years.

The poll was conducted on Feb. 9 and 10, after Warren was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and reached 1,791 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 points. Read the full results here. Jeva Lange

January 5, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg 2020? It might not be so far-fetched. The Facebook founder has made quite a few moves in the past six months that look like someone preparing a political campaign, Wired points out.

In addition to Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution to "get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working, and thinking about the future," the billionaire and former atheist has also come out as believing religion is "very important." "Given that it's accepted wisdom in American politics that someone who is not religious can never be elected president of the United States, could this be #positioning?" Wired wonders.

Then there is this bit:

In June during Facebook's annual meeting, company shareholders voted to approve a restructuring of Facebook stock that would ensure Zuckerberg keeps his majority ownership even if the company issues more shares … But buried in the public filing is one big exception, one that Zuckerberg reportedly fought hard for: he can take a leave of absence from Facebook and still retain voting control of the company if he goes to work for the government. More specifically, as long as Zuckerberg owns enough of Facebook — 30 percent or more of shares he owned at the time of signing the stock restructuring agreement — he can serve in government. And if he owns less than 30 percent, he just needs board approval. If he doesn't get that, he can still serve in public office if the government position has a two-year term limit. (A Facebook representative confirmed this is how the agreement works.) [Wired]

Of course, Zuckerberg could be joining a crowded field: Cory Booker might also toss in his hat — and there is always Kanye West. Jeva Lange

January 4, 2017

Rapper Kanye West claimed he will run for president in 2020. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to travel to all 50 states in 2017 and "get out and talk to more people about how they're living, working, and thinking about the future." And here's a new name for 2020 gossips to add to their lists: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D).

Of course, the New Hampshire interview might have just been out of Booker's interest in, um, local TV stations:

Booker might be advised to make a stop in Nevada, too. You know, because it's nice this time of year. Jeva Lange

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