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NY to Bloomberg: No Vote for You

Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he is applauded by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the team's ticker tape Super Bowl victory parade in New York, February 5, 2008. (Reuters).

By Keith B. Richburg
NEW YORK -- One prominent New Yorker and potential presidential candidate who did not cast a vote today was Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He wasn't allowed to.

New York has a closed primary for those registered with a political party. In June, Bloomberg -- a onetime Democrat who ran for mayor as a Republican -- quit the GOP to become a political independent.

"I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead my city," Bloomberg said in a statement at the time. It was believed then that the billionaire businessman was paving the way for a possible run as an independent. That could still happen, insiders say, but his path has been complicated by the rise of Sen. John McCain (R-Az), who is also known for being able to work with Democrats. Bloomberg and McCain are also friends.

But in changing his status, Bloomberg also lost his right to have a say in today's Republican primary.

A media alert from City Hall told reporters: "Please Note: Because Mayor Bloomberg is no longer a member of a political party, he cannot vote in Tuesday's primaries."

The mayor was busy today anyway -- he was presiding over a ticker tape parade for the New York Giants, to celebrate their victory in Sunday's Super Bowl.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 5, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
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