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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will hold a campaign event this Monday in Burlington, according to his state director in Vermont.

Details of where and when remain to be ironed out, R. Christopher Di Mezzo said on Thursday. The event will be open to the public and press, he said.

Vermont and Maine are the only Super Tuesday states that Bloomberg has yet to visit, according to Di Mezzo. On March 3, those states will be among more than a dozen that will vote in presidential primaries.

"He's running a national campaign, and Vermont is one of our 50 states," Di Mezzo said of Bloomberg. "He's competing everywhere."

WCAX-TV first reported news of Bloomberg's visit. The billionaire former mayor of New York City joined the Democratic primary field last November.

While he faces long odds, Bloomberg has used about $250 million of his vast personal wealth to attack President Donald Trump in television ads. The 77-year-old candidate has indicated he'd spend $1 billion during the campaign and would even use that cash to support the eventual nominee in the event it's not him.

He'll face tough sledding in Vermont, home of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Di Mezzo, the state director, is the campaign's first hire in the state. On hiatus as a spokesperson for the Vermont Democratic Party, Di Mezzo only started on Saturday.

"We're looking to open an office in Burlington, hopefully in the next week or so," Di Mezzo said.

So is he confident in Bloomberg's odds?

"Absolutely," Di Mezzo said. "I think he has a chance everywhere he's competing."

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