A late-to-the-game Democratic candidate is a “wild card” in the race to be the presidential nominee, says a longtime political activist.
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire who jumped into the primary in November, is currently polling at 7.4 percent according to an average of seven polls at RealClearPolitics. Although that number puts the former New York City mayor in single digits, it also puts him in fifth place in a race with 12 candidates still in the race.
Richard Viguerie, a conservative activist and chairman of Conservative HQ, says people shouldn’t estimate Bloomberg during the primary.
“He didn't get to have $54 billion by winning the lottery,” Viguerie says. “He's a very smart man and I wouldn't underestimate his ability to run a strong campaign."
Regarding the candidate’s deep pockets, Viguerie says Bloomberg doesn’t need to show a strong showing in the early primaries when he can spend money looking toward Super Tuesday.
“So he can easily sit out the first four,” the GOP activist explains, “and put half a billion dollars into advertising for Super Tuesday and do surprisingly well."