Joe Biden’s hesitation in entering the 2020 race for the White House was undoubtedly a well-planned execution of a public relations plan.
By waiting, and then waiting and waiting some more, Biden allowed a number of salacious and damning accusations about his behavior toward women surface. This allowed “citizen” Biden to issue a prepared statement on the matter before announcing his run, making “candidate” Biden appear “clean” in the eyes of the American people.
But when he did enter the race, he did so with a splash. Biden was immediately the out-and-out frontrunner by a country mile, and his day one fundraising haul was the envy of the entire crowded field of democrats.
“Sleepy Joe” may not have the staying power that he requires, however, as recent polling puts an unlikely candidate in a dead heat with the former Vice President.
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Sen. Kamala Harris of California has catapulted into a virtual tie with former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination — and she’smade significant inroads with black voters — following her widely praised debate performance last week, a new national poll released Tuesday showed.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters showed Biden with 22 percent support and Harris with 20 percent — a double-digit jump for her since the university’s previous poll last month.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont were in third and fourth place in the poll, with 14 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, was in fifth, with 4 percent support.
No other candidate got more than 3 percent in the poll.
Every candidate on the left side of the aisle faces a steep uphill climb to defeat incumbent President Donald Trump, however, who announced this week that his reelection campaign raked in a confidence-instilling $105 million this quarter.
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