09:38 GMT10 August 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a late entrant in the Democratic presidential primary race, now tops all other candidates, a new national poll by Rasmussen Reports revealed on Friday.

    "The [poll] finds Bloomberg with 26 percent support when Likely Democratic Voters are asked which candidate would best represent the party and make the best candidate against President [Donald] Trump in November. Biden is a close second at 22 percent. Sanders is next with 18 percent of the Democratic vote," a press release summarizing the poll said.

    South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has 12 per cent support among his fellow Democrats, followed by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar with 7 per cent and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with 6 per cent, the release added.

    Bloomberg has already spent between $250 million and $300 million of his own money on television, radio and social media advertisements, according to media reports. He reportedly expects to spend up to $1 billion of his fortune in a bid for the US presidency.

    Despite Bloomberg’s surge, Democratic voters expressed scepticism when asked who is most likely to win the nomination, the release said. Twenty-four per cent picked Senator Bernie Sanders, another 24 per cent picked former Vice President Joe Biden, while 21 per cent chose Bloomberg.

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