Representatives of Bloomberg filed documents with the Alabama Democratic Party in Montgomery to put their name on the Super Tuesday contest ballot on March 3. A party spokesman said they were reviewing the documents.
The reason Bloomberg applied for Alabama was strictly because of the early submission deadline. The filing deadline is Friday.
Bloomberg also plans to file with the Arkansas Democratic Party before the state deadline, Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson told CNN Friday night.
Wolfson also told CNN in a statement that the former New York mayor plans to skip the first four primary races.
"If we run, we are confident that we can win in Super Tuesday voting states and then where we will start evenly," Wolfson said in a statement first released by The Washington Post.
"But the late time of our entry means that many candidates already have a great start in the four early states, where they spend months and months in campaigning and spending money. We have great respect for the basic democratic process and many friends in those countries, but our plan is to run a broad-based national campaign. "
The move is the clearest sign to date, the former mayor is gray zno considering to continue with something that weighs weeks.
If he ran, Bloomberg would have embarked on a strategy that has never been successful: bypassing the top four states in the Democratic calendar. Party officials in Iowa and New Hampshire expressed disappointment with the decision, which was particularly curious given the influential role of independent voters in New Hampshire.
Despite filing in Alabama, Bloomberg has not yet made a final decision on the application, ie. a Bloomberg spokesman told CNN on Thursday. Bloomberg's possible entry comes as former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign struggles to get out of the Democratic field and as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a liberal lawmaker who attacks billionaires like Bloomberg, ascends to the Democratic primary. A possible Bloomberg bid will be sure to dramatically shake up the primary process of democracy.
Bloomberg expressed private concern about the power of the 2020 field, according to a person familiar with his thinking. And the Democratic strategist who previously worked with Bloomberg said the former mayor is reviewing his options, in part because of the outcome of this week's election in Virginia, where investments by his gun control group helped Democrats gain control of the General Assembly.  A CNN / Des Moines Register poll in March found that Bloomberg was one of the least popular candidates to consider running for the Democratic nomination. The poll found that 27% of likely Democrats viewed it favorably, compared with 38% who had an unfavorable opinion.
Bloomberg publicly entertains a bid for 2020 earlier this year, traveling the country to meet voters and determine if a bid is possible, He told reporters during this public speculation that he seriously he is considering an offer so much that he has decided that he will only fund the campaign.
But in March Bloomberg decided he would not run for president, although there are
Bloomberg, however, began to rethink that decision, in part because he does not believe any of the current candidates is capable of defeating Trump.