LANSING – Michigan Voters will have 22 candidates – 18 Democrats and four Republicans – to select from during the state’s March 10 presidential primary, including the newest Democratic candidate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
President Donald Trump headlines the Republican candidates in the race but has three competitors for the GOP nomination: former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and former Illinois U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, on the ballot.
Bloomberg only indicated nationally on Thursday that he may get into the presidential race. The billionaire entrepreneur who created Bloomberg News, now one of the world’s top online business news sites, served three terms as mayor of New York City as a Republican, became an independent and now considers himself a Democrat. He has a far more pro-business stance than many of the Democratic candidates, and also a tough of crime approach. But he has also been a major critic of U.S. gun laws.
Also on the Democratic ticket is former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, business executives Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, spiritual leader and former Detroit-area resident Marianne Williamson, as well as former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam.
There could be more candidates, theoretically, as the chairs of both the state’s Democratic and Republican parties have until 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, to certify other candidates.
This story was published by Gongwer News Service.