A new poll found that Vice President Harris is favored to beat U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) in a hypothetical Democrat primary for the 2024 presidential nomination.
The Echelon Insights poll conducted between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23 asked 1,078 registered voters to weigh in on a number of issues. After detailing respondents answers that showed the majority disapproved of President Joe Biden’s current overall performance, with similar majorities disapproving on key issues such as the economy, immigration, and foreign policy, the poll pivoted to 2024.
Voters were asked, in a scenario where Biden did not seek reelection, if the presidential primary were held now, who would they vote for. Out of 17 named candidates with “unsure” and “someone else” provided as options, Harris took the field with a plurality nearly triple he closer competitor, Ocasio-Cortez.
Harris’s 29 percent was followed by AOC’s 10 percent with the next nearest candidates being Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at 9 percent and failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams coming in at 8 percent.
For his part, Biden had insisted early on in his term that he plans to run for reelection and that he intends to keep Harris as his running mate moving forward. However, the president has hedged those plans since then suggesting it is up to his health.
“Fate has intervened in my life many, many times,” Biden said in late December 2021. “If I’m in the health I’m in now – if I’m in good health – then, in fact, I would run again.”
Perhaps a more notable number than Harris’s tripling of her nearest contender in the poll is the 20 percent of respondents who remain unsure who they would select. With rumors circulating about a high profile candidate setting up a future run, it remains plausible that these undecided voters are awaiting the third-coming of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has drawn speculation about her future in politics and her recent activities have pundits mulling her likelihood of running for president again. former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) has articulated rumors that he heard, “Hillary’s gonna run. And I think that would say a lot about the chaos of America if Hillary Clinton reemerged one more time.”
This reemergence may have already begun according to Doug Schoen and Andrew Stein who recently co-authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal after reports circulated that Clinton would be speaking at the New York State Democratic Convention.
“A perfect storm in the Democratic Party,” they wrote, “is making a once-unfathomable scenario plausible: a political comeback for Hillary Clinton in 2024.”
“Several circumstances – President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for re-election at 82, Vice President Kamala Harris’s unpopularity, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the ticket in 2024 – have created a leadership vacuum in the party, which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill,” the duo speculated.
For her part, Clinton has said, “I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” bringing some to suggest she is distancing herself from the radical left agenda.
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