According to a new poll from The Hill and HarrisX, two potential candidates stand head and shoulders above any of the current crop of Democrats vying for the nomination. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and others have already announced their campaigns, but the two Democrats the voters want more than any of them are still sitting on the sidelines. The top choices: former Vice President Joe Biden and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
From The Hill:
A Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday found that 25 percent of Democrats said they would back Obama in the party primary over nine other declared or potential candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
Obama has said she is not running, and Biden has not announced whether he will launch another White House bid.
Harris came in third among Democratic voters, with 12 percent saying they would support her. Sanders was a close fourth, at 11 percent. O’Rourke, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Warren, and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) all failed to exceed 6 percent.
Biden and Obama garnered 23 percent and 22 percent, respectively, when factoring in independent voters, who are allowed to vote in many state primary elections.
The former first lady has not only given no indication that she wants to run for president, she has actually said outright that she will never pursue public office. The Hill spoke to Democrat consultant Molly Murphy, who believes that this distance from politics is exactly what makes Obama so popular.
“Because she’s never been a candidate, she’s never been on the ballot, she’s avoided a certain degree of scrutiny that candidates face. And so she’s all icing for people, it’s all good,” Murphy said.
That may have some merit to it, but it has to be demoralizing to be one of the umpteen-million Democrat senators in the race and see that you’re losing in the polls to a woman who has expressed no interest whatsoever in running for the White House. And that’s to say nothing of Biden, who is almost certainly looking at these poll results and grinning. A lot can change over the course of an election, but standing where we are right now, things aren’t looking too good for the “new” crop of progressive Democrats all trying to fight each other over who is further to the left.