Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has directed a sizable contribution to rally Jewish voters in the key swing state of Florida to support Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ahead of the November 3 U.S. election.
The Jewish Democratic Council of America’s Super Political Action Committee, which represents Jewish Democratic Party supporters, announced Thursday that Bloomberg has donated $250,000 to their digital outreach campaign targeting Jewish voters in Florida.
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The funds are part of Bloomberg’s larger commitment to spend $100 million in Florida to support Biden, which he says will allow his campaign to focus its spending on other states. Bloomberg himself vied for the party’s nomination during primary season, but after dropping out of the race in early March, has vigorously backed Biden.
"Every vote will matter in Florida, and Jewish voters in Florida have the chance to vote for a president who will unite us, not divide us," Bloomberg said in a statement. "Joe Biden will be that president.”
JDCA chairman and former U.S. Democratic congressman from Florida, Ron Klein, said the group was grateful to Bloomberg for his contribution and expressed confidence that Jews would support Biden over President Donald Trump.
“We know Jewish voters overwhelmingly support Democrats and we know they turn out to vote. We also know how to reach them in order to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and we won’t stop until we ensure victory in November.”
Florida is the U.S. state in which Jewish voters are viewed as having the most power to muster enough percentage points to affect elections. According to the JDCA, if an overwhelming majority of the 722,000 eligible Jewish voters in Florida, 4.2% of the total electorate - support Biden, the 2020 results could edge Biden’s way, unlike 2016, when Trump took the state from Hillary Clinton by a narrow margin of victory.
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“Jewish voters can and will make the difference in Florida in support of Joe Biden, and it’s the key to winning the White House this November,” Klein said.