Former New York mayor and one of the two Jewish Democratic presidential candidates, Michael Bloomberg, is expanding his campaign to Tel Aviv in an attempt to gain delegates in next month's Democrats Abroad primary.
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 Bloomberg’s former deputy chief of staff for economic development Yonit Serkin.
The Democrats Abroad primary awards 21 delegates and will take place around the world from March 3-10.
In Israel, in-person voting locations include Tel Aviv on March 3 – Super Tuesday – and in Jerusalem on Friday, March 6. Results will be announced on March 23.
Bloomberg's main competition in Israel is most likely the other Jewish candidate, current Democratic front runner Bernie Sanders, who in 2016 won 60% of the vote, compared to Hillary Clinton's 39%.
Bloomberg currently has no pledged delegates, after not running in the Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada caucuses.
Last week's Democratic debate in Nevada saw Bloomberg draw heavy criticism for the racist "stop and frisk" policy he initiated during his time as mayor of New York, his history of sexist comments and his many non-disclosure agreements with former female employees.