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AFP
February 15, 2020

Bloomberg courts black vote in Democratic candidate countdown

World

AFP
February 15, 2020

HOUSTON: US billionaire Michael Bloomberg has launched a charm offensive to convince black voters, an important bloc in Democratic politics, that he is the right candidate to take on President Donald Trump in November.

The former New York mayor rallied supporters in Texas on Thursday, with his sights set on so-called “Super Tuesday” on March 3, when voters in 16 states and territories will cast their ballots in the Democratic primary. It is Bloomberg´s sixth visit to the Lone Star state since he entered the race to be the party´s presidential candidate. “This month, we look back and celebrate black history together, because black history is American history,” Bloomberg said at the Buffalo Soldiers museum, named after a Civil War regiment of African-American soldiers, where he kicked off his “Mike for Black America” campaign. With 19 campaign offices and 150 employees in Texas he now has a larger presence than any other candidate in the state.

Texas is key to the Democratic primaries because it has such a large number of delegates, 228, more than the total of all the other states that vote in February, where the billionaire chose not to run. If a candidate obtains a majority of delegates, or 1,991, he or she will take on Trump in the presidential election.