Yeah, Sarah, I would be amazed if a popular Democrat runs against Biden. I would not be shocked, though, if he declines to run for reelection.
But if Trump were to suddenly wait to reveal or were even to float the concept he will not run that might complicate Biden’s decision-making procedure if he is thinking about not running again. I guess I’m just doubtful that Biden would toss in the towel without an obvious heir apparent regardless of his age.
(After all, he beat Trump in 2020.) I’m not sure how much the information backs that up. According to a You, Gov/Yahoo News survey from the beginning of the month, signed up citizens chose Biden over Trump 45 percent to 42 percent. However they also picked Harris over Trump 45 percent to 44 percent.
And that’s before even entering the reality that 2024 is 2 years away and early general-election polls are pretty worthless. It mostly depends on the pollster regarding whether Biden leads or Trump leads, but on balance, Biden might lead somewhat usually. I do think, however, some Democrats think anyone other than Biden may be weaker against Trump.
Many of the discontent appears to be coming within Biden’s own celebration, too. To be clear, 75 percent of Democrats said they approve of the task Biden is doing as president.
Where Biden goes from here back up or stagnant could be important to determining whether he runs again., but he’s still undersea total.
Is it fair to say that we’re all in contract that there is not room for anyone else in the Democratic main 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, former 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 capable of beating Trump should the previous president indeed run.
If you get a number of candidates splitting up the vote not going for Trump, it’s simply going to make it simpler for him to win.
You’re not challenging a sitting president, and there definitely seems to be at least some hesitancy over Trump and the idea that he has too much luggage and might not be able to win in a basic election once again. A New York City Times/Siena College survey from last month discovered, for example, that practically half of Americans who planned to vote in the 2024 Republican politician primary would pick a candidate besides Trump in a primary race.
I’m glad you brought up that survey, due to the fact that I believed that was an interesting method to frame the results, as one might likewise argue from that survey that Trump is still the undisputed leader. He was initially, with 49 percent support, and De, Santis was in 2nd, at 25 percent.
There is absolutely more room for a challenger to Trump than to Biden, but Trump would still be preferred. According to a recent Politico/Morning Consult survey, 56 percent of Republican and independent registered voters said they would support Trump, while 18 percent stated they would support De, Santis, 8 percent said they would support Pence and a lot of other candidates all got 2 percent or less.
According to that You, Gov/Yahoo News poll I discussed previously, Trump beats De, Santis 44 percent to 35 percent among registered voters in a direct matchup. Definitely, but this point (from the Times reporting on the poll) was an interesting comparison to me: “His share of the Republican main electorate is less than Hillary Clinton’s amongst Democrats was at the start of the 2016 race.” Naturally, Clinton ultimately won that race, but it wasn’t an assurance Sanders offered her a real run for her money.
The Times might have also compared Trump to Gore’s position in 1999. That said, De, Santis is plainly a legitimate threat to Trump; a 9-point lead in the surveys is not protect.
I understand we had a chat back then about whether Trump’s grip on the GOP is still strong. At the time, I stated that Trump may be weaker than some wish to admit, but after Tuesday night’s results most notably Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s primary loss combined with the fates of the 9 other Republicans who voted to impeach the former president I in fact believe it’ll be really tough for another Republican to cut through his power.