Hundreds of miles from the New Hampshire presidential primary, aides to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg eyed the solid victories Tuesday by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as potential boosts to a Bloomberg candidacy.
The results were just one more sign to Bloomberg’s advisers that he may have an opening as Democrats and Republicans embraced candidates they said were unlikely to resonate with voters in a general election. Bloomberg is expected to meet with Frank Luntz, the pollster and market researcher, this week, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who served as a senior adviser to Sen. John McCain during his 2008 campaign, said the field of candidates was weak and that the former mayor could win.
“Any combination of them in a general election would open a path for an independent candidate,” said Schmidt, who isn’t advising Bloomberg. “There’s a big opening in the middle of the electorate, and Bloomberg is on point in that space.”
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