The 2022 midterm elections are less than a year away, but questions are already being raised about what the Democratic ticket will look like in 2024.
The White House has repeatedly said that President BidenJoe Biden Harris tests negative for COVID-19 after close contact with Help Standing with Joe Manchin Holiday calling on Biden: “Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon” MORE intends to run for re-election in 2024, but political observers point out Biden would be 82 at the start of a second term. He was already the oldest person to be invested when he was sworn in in January.
On top of that, Biden faces a stalled program on Capitol Hill, a drop in approval ratings and a lingering pandemic.
Here are 10 Democrats who could run if Biden doesn’t in 2024.
Vice President Harris would appear to be the most likely choice to run for Biden if he doesn’t show up. Many saw Biden’s pick of Harris as his vice-presidential pick as a signal that Harris was ready to succeed Biden down the line as presidential candidate and leader of the Democratic Party.
A hypothetical poll of a future Democratic primary without Biden conducted by Morning Consult showed Harris leading the pack with 31% support among potential primary voters for the party. Still, Harris had to deal with negative coverage throughout her first year as vice president. Recently, a number of Harris employees left his office, although some have already planned to leave by the end of 2021.
But despite the 2024 gossip, Harris said in an interview last week that she and Biden had not discussed whether he would run again in 2024.
“We are not talking and we have not talked about re-election because we haven’t finished our first year and we are in the middle of a pandemic,” Harris told the Wall Street Journal.
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came second behind Harris in Morning Consult’s hypothetical Democratic primary poll with 11% support among potential Democratic primary voters. Buttigieg made waves in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses and narrowly losing the popular vote to Sen. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Five Areas Where Biden Faces Pressure to Do More on COVID-19 How Work Demands Unraveled the Threads of Our Social Safety Net Citizenship Before Partisanship: Is Manchin the Perfect Candidate for 2024? FOLLOWING (I-Vermont). Buttigieg also made history as the first openly gay candidate to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
However, like Harris, Buttigieg brushed aside the gossip of 2024. Earlier this month, he said he was focusing on his job as Transportation Secretary, telling reporters: “It’s 2021.”
âThe whole point of campaigns and elections is that when they go well, you can govern. And we’re squarely focused on the job at hand. I am delighted to be part of a team led by the President and the Vice President. and I think the teamwork that got us to this point is just beginning, âButtigieg said.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Was once a favorite in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and is still considered one of the party’s most prominent figures. The Massachusetts senator is particularly popular with the progressive wing of the party.
In the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Warren was seen as Sanders’ main progressive rival; However, Sanders said it was highly unlikely that he would show up again in 2024.
Morning Consult’s hypothetical Democratic primary poll showed Warren in third place with 8% support of potential Democratic primary voters. However, Warren told May that she plans to run for re-election to the Senate.
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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) is also an influential leader of the progressive movement, and her star continues to rise within the Democratic Party.
The Democratic lawmaker tied with Warren at 8% support among potential Democratic primary voters in the Morning Consult survey.
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âI struggle with that because I don’t want little girls watching or anything to look down or anything in that direction. But for me, I think if that was part of my ambition. , that would reduce my courage today, âOcasio-Cortez said. âI think what often happens in politics is that people are so motivated to run for certain higher positions that they compromise by fighting for people today. And the idea is. that if you can be as blank on a slate or as blank on a slate, it will be easier for you to run for a higher post later. “
However, Ocasio-Cortez did not completely rule out a potential main challenge for the Senate Majority Leader. Charles schumerChuck Schumer Congressional Black Caucus Calls on Senate to Meet Again and Pass Voting Rights Law Christmas Miracle in Congress Does Anyone Love Congress More? FOLLOWING (DN.Y.).
âI know it drives everyone crazy. But what I really feel about it and the way I really approach my politics and my political career is that I don’t look at things and I don’t fixate. not my heading positionally, âOcasio-Cortez told Bash.
“For what it’s worth, Senator Schumer and I have worked closely together on a lot of legislation and that, to me, is important,” she said. “And so we will see.”
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Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.) competed in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary before dropping out of the race ahead of the Iowa caucuses in January 2020.
Yet Booker is considered one of the best-known faces of the Democratic Party, especially in the Senate. He garnered 5% of support from potential Democratic primary voters in the hypothetical Morning Consult survey.
He raised his eyebrows last month when he visited New Hampshire’s first primary state to headline a state party fundraiser.
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Speculation swirls around the ambitions of California Governor Gavin Newsom (R), who in September became the first California governor to survive a recall attempt that put him on national radar.
Newsom garnered 3% of support from potential Democratic primary voters in the Morning Consult poll.
But the governor said in an interview with CBS News in September that a presidential candidacy was not on his radar at the moment.
âLiterally 100% have never been on my radar. It was never a child’s dream, âNewsom said.
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Another former Democratic 2020 primary is Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Her most successful primary performance came in third in the New Hampshire primary.
The senator is also seen as someone who belongs to the more moderate wing of Biden’s party. She garnered 3% support among potential voters in the Democratic primaries in the Morning Consult survey.
The Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, did not hesitate to speak about her presidential ambitions.
âDo I see it as an ambition? Absolutely,â Abrams said in an interview earlier this year with CBS News.
Since losing narrowly to Gov. Brian kempBrian KempBiden Administration Revokes Georgia Medicaid Work Requirements Former Sen. Johnny Isakson Dies on 76 Trump’s “Enemy List” – Year-End Edition MORE (R) During Georgia’s 2018 Governors Primary, Abrams demonstrated his political might. She played a leading role in the battle to turn Georgia from red to blue at the presidential and senatorial levels last year through her organization Fair Fight Action.
For now, Abrams is focused on his current tenure as governor in the state, which Cook’s non-partisan political report sees as a “rejection.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has been put forward as a potential candidate for 2024 given his status as Democratic governor in a Red state. The New York Times reported earlier this month that Democratic donors are courting Cooper to consider running for president.
However, Cooper, who will lead the Democratic Governors Association next year, has said he expects Biden to run in 2024 and will support him, according to the Times.
A spokesperson for Cooper also reiterated that Cooper fully supports the president.
“The governor is supporting President Biden and working to ensure that North Carolina emerges from the pandemic even stronger than before and to implement the president’s plans to create better jobs and support families here in our state, âthe spokesperson said.
Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu is another top Democrat who has been touted by some as a potential candidate for 2024 in case Biden doesn’t run.
Landrieu, who was recently appointed to oversee the implementation of Biden’s infrastructure plan, also served as Louisiana’s lieutenant governor from 2004 to 2010. He also comes from a famous Democratic family, including his sister, the former senator. Marie LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCassidy is re-elected in Louisiana Final result A decade to make a difference: Senate Youth Caucus Foster MORE (D-La.).