Bloomberg on contested convention: 'I don't think that I can win any other way'

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE said on Super Tuesday that his only way to win the Democratic presidential nomination would be through a contested convention.

The 78-year-old candidate told reporters in his Miami field office that he didn’t know if he was going to win any of the 14 states and one territory that are voting on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

“You don’t have to win states, you have to win delegates,” Bloomberg, who is appearing on primary ballots for the first time Tuesday, added.

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When pushed on whether he wanted a contested convention in July, Bloomberg replied: “I don’t think that I can win any other way.”

The billionaire’s strategy, which has included massive ad buys in Super Tuesday states, hinges on finding success in those contests.

A contested convention happens when a candidate has a plurality of pledged delegates, but not a majority — at least 1,991 pledged delegates.

Since the Democratic primary field is now down to four main candidates — Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Bloomberg — the path to 1,991 has become somewhat more clear.

Previously, superdelegates — senior or former Democratic leaders, including former presidents and lawmakers — were able to vote on the first ballot at the convention, allowing candidates who had a plurality of delegates to capture the nomination on the first ballot. Superdelegates are now ineligible to vote until the second ballot.

Without a majority of delegates, the convention would become brokered and move to a second ballot. The last brokered convention for both parties was in 1952, when Adlai Stevenson received the Democratic nomination and Dwight Eisenhower the Republican nomination.

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