Once a longshot, Bloomberg is gaining ground in California. Will it last?

Despite skepticism from some quarters, centrist voters focused on beating Trump could be the ex-mayor’s key to success

Californians know a thing or two about self-funded business moguls who attempt to spend their way to high political office in their state. And what they know is, those candidates almost always lose.

Michael Bloomberg, though, is betting he will be different from the Meg Whitmans and Carly Fiorinas of past elections and that California’s Democratic primary – along with 13 other contests being held on Super Tuesday, March 3 – will be the coming-out party that enshrines him as the national candidate most likely to beat Donald Trump.

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