Democrats must really enjoy losing.
A Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll provided to The Hill showed what voters think of the left’s crowded candidate field for the 2020 presidential race. The front-runner: former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden had 27 percent support among Democrats, who appeared to favor the Pennsylvania politician’s potential appeal to the blue-collar working class responsible for President Trump’s upset win in several Rust Belt states.
The runner-up was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who came in at 16 percent. The self-described “democratic socialist” enjoys strong support among the Democratic party’s young and progressive wings.
Hillary Clinton came in third place–and was surprisingly tied with media mogul and former talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Both received 13 percent of support.
Winfrey’s name began floating as a potential 2020 candidate following a widely praised speech at the Golden Globe awards earlier this month, in which she declared that the “time is up” for powerful men who engage in sexual misconduct.
Other prominent Democrats who made the list were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 10 percent, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) at 4 percent, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) at 2 percent.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was at the bottom, with 1 percent support among voters in her party.
Of Biden’s front-runner status, Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn said:
“The results show the broad constituency of the party favoring someone who has an appeal to the Working Class voters that Trump captured. While early leads mean little, the results show Biden is well positioned this time for a run. The rest right now have fairly limited national constituencies for president but have a lot of time yet to build up their images.”
Biden has hinted at a presidential run before. At the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas last year, the former vice president said he “never thought [Hillary Clinton] was the correct candidate. I thought I was the correct candidate.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat said he chose not to run in 2016 because at the time he was dealing with one son’s death and the other’s divorce.
Some on the left have spoken out against a potential Biden candidacy, pointing to numerous photo-ops of him caressing women and girls as potentially damaging in light of the post-Harvey Weinstein #MeToo movement.
“Biden is the wrong guy to bear the standard of any party purporting to speak for the victims of unaccountable power,” wrote Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post.
Maybe Biden should run. Republicans could use an easy win.