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Rising in Polls, Bloomberg Will Soon Find Out If Support Is Real

  • Democrat needed Biden to falter and no one dominating race
  • Skeptics say Bloomberg could stall now that he faces scrutiny
Michael Bloomberg after speaking at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston on Feb. 13.
Michael Bloomberg after speaking at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston on Feb. 13.Photographer: Callaghan O'Hare/Getty Images

Michael Bloomberg entered the Democratic presidential race late and tore up the traditional playbook on the theory that he would emerge as the centrist alternative if Joe Biden faltered and a progressive was surging.

So far, that plan is holding up.