In the midst of speculations about a new candidacy of Joe Biden in 2024, a poll by the University of New Hampshire has added fuel to the fire of the possible Democratic primary. According to the results, Pete Buttigieg would outperform the current occupant of the Oval Office in that state.
Right off the bat, and under the phrase “first choice for president in 2024 among likely Democratic voters,” the former mayor of South Bend surprised by coming in first with 17% of the vote.
In second place, Biden himself came in with 16%, followed by Elizabeth Warren and Gavin Newsom (both with 10%) and Amy Klobuchar with 9%. Further behind were Bernie Sanders with 8 % and Kamala Harris with 6 %.
“President Biden is increasingly seen as an electoral liability for Democrats, both in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election,” said Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire’s polling center.
Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg have already faced each other in 2020.
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It is necessary to remember that, prior to the incorporation of the latter into the Biden administration as Secretary of Transportation, both faced each other to seek their party’s nomination in 2020.
On that occasion, despite the fact that “Major Pete” was practically an unknown at the national level, he managed to surprise all and sundry by winning the Iowa primary.
After the initial shock, he was unable to capitalize on his momentum in New Hampshire and came in a close second to Bernie Sanders.
However, Buttigieg abandoned her candidacy just hours before “Super Tuesday”, hoping not to contribute to the division of the “moderate” vote, which at the time was also contested by Biden, Michael Bloomberg, and the senator from Minnesota herself.
From there the story is known: the former vice-president clinched the nomination in mid-2020 and, after becoming president, nominated his ex-adversary as Secretary of Transportation.
Two years later and with the president’s 2024 candidacy in doubt, a range of possible presidential candidates soon emerged. In addition to Buttigieg, Vice President Harris, Gavin Newsom, Elizabeth Warren, and even Governor Roy Cooper were mentioned to seek their party’s nomination in the next presidential race.