Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not be on the presidential ballot in Virginia.
Matt Abell, a spokesman for the Virginia State Board of Elections, told us today that his agency has received a copy of a letter Bloomberg sent to the Independent Greens of Virginia, in which Bloomberg announced that he will decline that party’s ballot position in the November Presidential election.
In mid-August that party’s chairman, Carey Campbell, announced that the Independent Greens had filed enough signatures to place Bloomberg on the ballot in Virginia for President, with libertarian stalwart (and Bloomberg opposite) Rep. Ron Paul as his running mate.
For a time, it appeared that Bloomberg was considering staying on the ballot in the crucial swing state. Such a move would have given the Mayor an opportunity to play electoral hardball with both major parties, potentially forcing either John McCain or Barack Obama to embrace a portion of Bloomberg’s post-partisan agenda, lest he decide to play spoiler.
Abell said that the Independent Greens will have until Monday, September 8, to submit a new Presidential candidate. He added that the Independent Greens cannot keep Bloomberg on the ballot without the mayor’s approval, meaning that the withdrawal letter officially ends the Bloomberg campaign in Virginia.