Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly funding last-minute ad campaigns in two states where Democrats see “opportunities to expand the map,” including Texas.
Through his Super PAC, Bloomberg is funding television ad campaigns in Texas and Ohio expected to cost about $15 million, The New York Times reports. Aide Howard Wolfson explained to the Times that the former mayor conducted polling to find President Trump’s potential vulnerabilities and decided on Texas and Ohio for this last-minute push. Bloomberg has already said he will spend $100 million to support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Florida.
“We believe that Florida will go down to the wire, and we were looking for additional opportunities to expand the map,” Wolfson told the Times
The Times notes that a poll it published this week showed Trump with a lead of only four percentage points over Biden in Texas, and Wolfson told the Times that Bloomberg’s polling suggests the race is even closer.
Meanwhile, NBC News on Tuesday morning released its latest battleground map, and Texas has been moved from “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up.” Ohio is also still in the “Toss Up” category.
The NBC map shows Biden with 279 electoral votes, and NBC News’ Mark Murray writes that while that math is “not impossible” for Trump, it is “daunting.”
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