The 2020 presidential race has been a strange one, that’s for sure.
First of all, the contest comes to us during a global pandemic that has essentially shut down campaign rallies as we know them. This has thrust presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden into a digital realm that he is clearly uncomfortable operating from, and showered the nation with gaffes, mistruths, mishaps, and dead air from his campaign team.
Now that Biden has anointed Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential running mate, however, the left seems to believe that there is some life left in the race for the left side of the aisle.
But Harris’ impact on the race may be far stranger than originally imagined.
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Nearly nine out of 10 Democrats approve of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as their party’s vice presidential nominee, and she is more popular than presidential candidate Joe Biden among women, young voters and some Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
The Aug. 11-12 public opinion survey also found that 60% of Americans, including 87% of Democrats and 37% of Republicans, considered the selection of Harris – the first Black woman and Asian American nominated for vice presidency – to be a “major milestone” for the United States.
The U.S. Senator from California is viewed about as favorably or better than Biden in most major demographic groups, the poll showed, highlighting her potential to help the former vice president expand his support in November’s election.
Now for the wacky stat:
In addition, about 25% of Republicans said they had a favorable view of Harris and approve of her choice as Biden’s running mate. Only about 20% of Republicans said they have a similarly favorable view of Biden.
What this will truly mean for November’s polling has yet to be seen, but it certainly illustrates the point that we are not operating under any semblance of “normal” in 2020.
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