Bloomberg signals 2020 run by registering again as a Democrat

Michael Bloomberg changes party affiliation, re-registers as Democrat

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has re-registered as a Democrat just 27 days before the 2018 midterm elections.

Bloomberg announced his new political affiliation in an Instagram post, warning that Democrats are "so badly" needed to keep the government in check.

Michael Bloomberg began publicly dropping hints of a 2020 presidential run back in June, and reports were circulating by September that he had officially begun to actively plan his campaign.

In recent years, Bloomberg, who prides himself on his bipartisan streak, has backed both Democratic and Republican candidates.

Bloomberg, 76, did not say when he might make a decision on running for president.

Bloomberg told Buzzfeed News this week that "elections are about swings".

He told the New York Times last month that "it's impossible to conceive that I could run as a Republican".

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"At key points in US history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution", Bloomberg wrote in an early morning Instagram post.

Indeed, while he joined the Republican Party to win the mayoral election in 2001, at heart, Bloomberg never left his home on the left.

Bloomberg has had a long career in politics, and was Mayor of NY from 2002-2013. Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats. "So if you ran, yeah, you'd have to run as a Democrat".

A frequent critic of Trump, Bloomberg has donated $US80 million ($NZ123 million) to help Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives and $US20 million to help Democrats running for US Senate, which Republicans now narrowly control 51 to 49.

The deadline to register to vote in New York State is Friday.

He said last week he would give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC, according to the Washington Post.

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