The Latest: Sanders: I’d win if Bloomberg runs as 3rd party


WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says he’ll win the race for president if former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg becomes an independent candidate for the White House.

The Vermont senator tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that a battle between Bloomberg and Donald Trump, two New York billionaires, would favor Sanders’ upstart Democratic campaign in a general election.

First, Sanders would have to win the Democratic presidential nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump would have to triumph over his Republican rivals. And Bloomberg would have to actually launch an independent bid for president, something he threatened to do on Saturday. The voting in the major-party nominating contests begins in a week, with the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucuses.

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