GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes strides in Colorado, one of 14 states holding a primary on Super Tuesday on March 3.
A CNBC report finds Bloomberg has spent more than $250 million on local television and radio ads since he launched his campaign back in November. In Colorado, Bloomberg is making his presence known over the air and on the ground.
“We have already opened seven offices and we’ll have nine” said Ray Rivera, Bloomberg’s campaign director for Colorado. “We’re going to have a presence in every congressional district.”
According to an email from Bloomberg’s campaign in Colorado, there are currently 55 campaign staffers in the Centennial State, and 30+ field staff. Offices will be located in Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Jefferson County, Longmont, and Pueblo.
Ray Rivera says Super Tuesday will be crucial for the campaign’s momentum moving forward.
“We are laser-focused on Super Tuesday and beyond because it’s going to take that kind of effort across the country. “
At the Mesa County Democrats offices, directors are expecting a wave of Bloomberg campaigning ahead of Super Tuesday.
“You can’t ignore Michael Bloomberg,” said Scott Beilfuss, Vice Chair of Mesa County Democrats. “The guy is worth $60 billion and he’s spending it on this campaign. We’re all getting texts from his campaign, phone calls, emails.”
Scott Beilfuss says Colorado switching to a presidential primary this year as opposed to caucuses in previous years may give Bloomberg an edge. Especially after the campaign’s efforts to make itself known in Colorado.
“In the caucuses, you’re going to have people who’ve been organizing for a long time send representatives there,” said Beilfuss. “So with the primary, he’s got a better shot.”