Bloomberg campaign heads to Israel to drum up primary support

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign is expanding its play to accumulate enough delegates to compete at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July by reaching out to registered voters in Israel ahead of next month’s Democrats Abroad primary. 

Details: The Democrats Abroad primary — which awards 21 delegates, including 13 pledged delegates to the convention — will take place around the world March 3 through March 10. In Israel, in-person voting locations include Tel Aviv on March 3rd — Super Tuesday — and in Jerusalem on Friday, March 6th. Results will be announced on March 23. 

Outreach: The Bloomberg campaign is holding a “United for Mike” outreach event in Tel Aviv on Wednesday with the campaign’s Jewish outreach director, Abigail Pogrebin, and Yonit Serkin, Bloomberg’s former deputy chief of staff for economic development. 

Bernie country: In the 2016 primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won Israel with 60% of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 39% share of the vote. 

Contrast: In a campaign event in Florida last month, Bloomberg drew a sharp contrast with Sanders over Jewish values and support for Israel. “I know I’m not the only Jewish candidate running for president. But I am the only one who doesn’t want to turn America into a kibbutz,” Bloomberg said, a swipe at the current Democraitc presidential frontrunner, who has pointed to his work at an Israeli kibbutz in the 1960s as an experience that influenced his socialist views.

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