So Long, Mike: Bloomberg Officially Drops Out Of Race

( – It was a short and winding road for Michael Bloomberg.

After spending millions of dollars of his own money to campaign in an unorthodox way, the former New York City mayor flopped during Super Tuesday primaries. In total, he spent more than $500 million on advertising intended to do one thing and one thing only — make noise in Super Tuesday states after deciding to basically ignore early states altogether.

That plan obviously didn’t work, but Bloomberg told his supporters that night that all was good, and the fight wasn’t over yet.

Apparently, those feelings lasted less than a day, though, as the billionaire has decided to officially put an end to his campaign.

“I’m a believer in using data to inform decisions. After yesterday’s results, the delegate math has become virtually impossible — and a viable path to the nomination no longer exists,” he said in a statement. “But I remain clear-eyed about my overriding objective: victory in November.”

That last sentence was a precursor to Bloomberg doing what most other Democratic candidates who have dropped out of the race recently have done — endorse candidate Joe Biden.

“I’ve known Joe for a very long time,” Bloomberg said. “I know his decency, his honesty and his commitment to the issues that are so important to our country — including gun safety, health care, climate change and good jobs.”

Biden returned the kind words on Twitter Wednesday morning, writing:

“@MikeBloomberg, I can’t thank you enough for your support — and for your tireless work on everything from gun safety reform to climate change. This race is bigger than candidates and bigger than politics. It’s about defeating Donald Trump, and with your help, we’re gonna do it.”

Despite not being in the race himself anymore, Bloomberg seems to have no intention of slowing down his spending. If his true goal throughout this campaign was to take down President Donald Trump at all costs, then doing so through another candidate is as good as doing so yourself, one could argue.

Moderates in the Democratic Party are lining up behind Biden now, maybe not because they necessarily like him, but because they much prefer him as their candidate than Bernie Sanders.

Trump, meanwhile, is having fun with all this drama going on in the Democratic primary while he waits to be officially named the Republican nominee — which is a foregone conclusion at this point. Trump has been especially critical of Bloomberg throughout the campaign, mocking him consistently.

On Twitter Wednesday morning following Bloomberg’s announcement, Trump wrote:

“Mini Mike Bloomberg just ‘quit’ the race for President. I could have told him long ago that he didn’t have what it takes, and he would have saved himself a billion dollars, the real cost. Now he will pour money into Sleepy Joe’s campaign, hoping to save face. It won’t work!”