Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering entering the Democratic presidential primary and will file as a candidate in Alabama today, the state's early filing deadline.
If the billionaire businessman joins the race, it would be widely viewed as a statement on former Vice President Joe Biden's viability and whether he can defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
In news that sent reverberations through the race to become the Democratic challenger to take on Donald Trump in 2020, the New York Times said it understood Mr Bloomberg intended to enter the crowded primary and would file paperwork for his candidacy in at least one state with an early filing deadline.
He is expected to file in Alabama, which has a Friday deadline for candidates entering the race.
The state is due to hold its primary on March 3, when around a dozen states hold ballots on what is called “Super Tuesday”.
While the 77-year-old billionaire, said to be the world’s 14th richest person, and who has a fortune of around $50bn, had not yet made a final decision, he had sent people to the southern state to obtain signatures that would allow him to qualify for the primary there.
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