The possibility of a 2024 presidential election is looming and the Democratic party is starting to evaluate their prospects. A recent poll conducted by Premise, which surveyed over 2,000 people, showed that Vice President Kamala Harris and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the leading contenders if President Biden decides not to seek re-election. Harris received the most support with 29% while Clinton was close behind with 20%. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had 11% and other candidates received only single digit support.
Although President Biden has hinted at his intention to run for re-election, polling results indicate that a majority of people do not want him to do so. This has raised concerns among some Democrats about his viability as a nominee. However, it’s possible that Biden remains the top pick for the Democratic nomination in 2024. Polling shows that Vice President Harris has even lower approval ratings than Biden, and Clinton’s popularity was a major factor that contributed to Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 election.
Both Vice President Harris and former Secretary of State Clinton are eager to attain the presidency, with Harris aiming to become the first black woman to hold the office and Clinton striving to become the first female president, thereby securing their place in history. Nevertheless, there seems to be a shortage of strong and prominent candidates within the Democratic party, or at least ones that have the national exposure and support required to secure a national nomination. Age is also a concern; Harris is the only leading candidate under 75 years old, but she possesses similar traits that made Clinton unpopular with voters.
Polling has not yet evaluated the potential matchups between Vice President Harris and former Secretary of State Clinton against the leading Republican candidates, former President Trump and Florida Governor DeSantis. In 2016, Trump defeated Clinton, who now faces dual challenges of her age and unfavorability. Trump would have a plethora of opportunities to mock Harris. Although DeSantis has gained popularity through his controversial policies, it remains uncertain whether he can withstand Trump’s criticism and secure the Republican nomination.
The 2024 presidential election is shaping up to be a highly anticipated event. With President Biden indicating his intention to run again, it seems that Harris and Clinton will have to wait for their opportunity to occupy the White House. However, if Biden decides not to run, then these two women will be in the running for the Democratic nomination. It is currently too early to predict how they would fare against Trump or DeSantis, but the competition is sure to be intriguing. The Democratic party must nominate a strong candidate if they hope to win the presidency in 2024, but it remains unclear if either Harris or Clinton have what it takes to meet this challenge.
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