looks like howard schulz, the former CEO of Starbucks, is in as an independent
it's going to be interesting to see what Bloomberg does.
I don't think he can win the democratic nomination because he's too moderate. That's why he ran as a republican in NYC. In the 2001 GOP primary, he defeated Herman Badillo, who was a democrat like Bloomberg. There were 67k valid votes in the GOP primary versus 790k in the democratic primary. In 2005, there doesn't seem to have been a GOP primary (wiki mentions a couple of other would-be candidates who couldn't scrape together the 7,500 signatures needed to get on the ballot), so Bloomberg was unopposed for the GOP nomination. In 2009, Bloomberg changed the law so he could serve a 3rd term (having come to power in 2001 because the previous mayor was term-limited). He changed his affiliation to Independent, but again won the GOP nomination unopposed.
So if Bloomberg gets creamed in the Democratic primary, or realizes early on that he can't win, does he run as an independent?