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Why Mark Cuban decided not to run against Donald Trump in 2020

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has flirted with politics in the past. He did so once again as recently as last month, revealing he hired someone to poll to gauge his prospects as an independent candidate.

Cuban quickly realized he wouldn’t have enough support to unseat President Donald Trump, who is expected to run for re-election, or Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

The Mavs owner explained so during an appearance on “The Axe Files” podcast Thursday.

Via Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports:

What they found out is I’d take some votes away from Donald Trump, particularly with independents,” Cuban told CNN commentator and former Obama administration official David Axelrod. “In a three-way between me, Biden and Trump, I dominated the independent vote — I got like 77% of it and was able to take some votes away from Donald and some votes away from Biden. But in aggregate, I was only able to get up to 25%. From every which way, crosstab, you name it, I had it analyzed and scrutinized every which way, projected, and they could only see me getting up to 25%. That’s why I didn’t pursue it further.”

Mark Cuban could have been a disruptor in that race, but not a winner.

The outspoken owner of the Mavs had also teased running for office in 2016 but instead wound up endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Cuban kept the door open for another potential run, though he seemed to have closed it last September, saying his family didn’t want him to pursue it.

During his guest appearance in the podcast, he told Axelrod he was open to the idea because he wasn’t convinced Biden was a strong enough candidate to take on Donald Trump. The way Cuban saw it, he didn’t want to just take votes away from Biden or Trump, but rather win the vote for office.

“Not so much that. I just didn’t think I could win,” said Mark Cuban. “The competitive side of me thought, when people heard me speak, when people heard my positions, when people heard the fact that I understood what I was talking about and understood technology and none of the candidates understood technology that maybe I could do it. It wasn’t so much about tipping the election one way or the other but what the pollster said is you think that and may be able to get up higher but it’s still going to come down to one of those other two candidates.”

Cuban has been outspoken about Trump’s presidential performance as well as his rhetoric, but it seems he will have to fight the good fight away from the political runway.