Yeah, Sarah, I would be amazed if a prominent Democrat runs against Biden. I wouldn’t be amazed, though, if he declines to run for reelection.
If Trump were to unexpectedly wait to reveal or were even to drift the idea he will not run that could complicate Biden’s decision-making procedure if he is considering not running again. I guess I’m just doubtful that Biden would toss in the towel without an obvious successor apparent regardless of his age.
(After all, he beat Trump in 2020.) I’m not sure how much the data backs that up. According to a You, Gov/Yahoo News poll from the beginning of the month, registered voters picked Biden over Trump 45 percent to 42 percent. But they likewise selected Harris over Trump 45 percent to 44 percent.
Which’s before even entering into the fact that 2024 is two years away and early general-election polls are quite meaningless. It largely depends on the pollster as to whether Biden leads or Trump leads, however on balance, Biden may lead somewhat most of the time. I do think, though, some Democrats think anyone besides Biden may be weaker against Trump.
Most of the discontent appears to be coming within Biden’s own celebration, too. To be clear, 75 percent of Democrats stated they approve of the job Biden is doing as president.
Where Biden goes from here back up or stagnant could be essential to identifying whether he runs once again. Not to mention that up until very recently Biden likewise had the lowest approval ranking of any president since the end of World War II. It’s gradually inched back up, but he’s still undersea overall.
Is it reasonable to say that we’re all in agreement that there is not room for anyone else in the Democratic primary aside from Biden unless, of course, he does not run? OK, time to talk about the Republican side of things.
Ron De, Santis, previous Vice President Mike Pence, previous UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan all seem to be lining up to run. But, of those, De, Santis is the only one who (currently) seems efficient in defeating Trump ought to the former president undoubtedly run.
If you get a number of candidates splitting up the vote not going for Trump, it’s just going to make it simpler for him to win.
You’re not challenging a sitting president, and there definitely seems to be a minimum of some hesitancy over Trump and the idea that he has too much baggage and may not have the ability to win in a basic election once again. A New York City Times/Siena College survey from last month discovered, for instance, that practically half of Americans who planned to vote in the 2024 Republican primary would select a prospect besides Trump in a main race.
I’m thankful you brought up that poll, because I thought that was an interesting method to frame the outcomes, as one could also argue from that survey that Trump is still the undisputed leader. He was first, with 49 percent assistance, and De, Santis remained in 2nd, at 25 percent.
There is definitely more room for a challenger to Trump than to Biden, however Trump would still be preferred. According to a recent Politico/Morning Consult survey, 56 percent of Republican and independent registered voters stated they would support Trump, while 18 percent said they would support De, Santis, 8 percent said they would support Pence and a bunch of other candidates all got 2 percent or less.
According to that You, Gov/Yahoo News survey I discussed earlier, Trump beats De, Santis 44 percent to 35 percent among registered citizens in a direct matchup. Absolutely, but this point (from the Times reporting on the survey) was an intriguing comparison to me: “His share of the Republican main electorate is less than Hillary Clinton’s among Democrats was at the outset of the 2016 race.” Of course, Clinton ultimately won that race, however it wasn’t a guarantee Sanders offered her a genuine run for her money.
The Times might have also compared Trump to Gore’s position in 1999. He, naturally, went on to win the primary without much trouble. That said, De, Santis is plainly a legitimate danger to Trump; a 9-point lead in the surveys is not secure. That’s especially true given that Trump has universal name recognition, while De, Santis does not.
I understand we had a chat back in the day about whether Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong. At the time, I said that Trump might be weaker than some want to admit, but after Tuesday night’s outcomes most notably Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s main loss paired with the fates of the 9 other Republicans who voted to impeach the former president I actually think it’ll be actually difficult for another Republican to cut through his power.