Leaders within the United States' Democratic Party are beginning to come to terms with the idea that President Joseph Biden might not run for reelection in 2024, as most polls place former President Donald Trump 6 percentage points ahead.
The Democrats are also getting used to the thought that they might lose this year's mid-term elections which would make Biden's remaining two years in office an unsurmountable uphill task and that the incumbent head of state can only hope COVID-19 will be a bad memory, that inflation will recede and he will stop stumbling verbally.
Biden's steady decline in approval ratings has Democratic leaders looking for other potential candidates to keep the party in office post-2024 after former President Barack Obama assured last month that Biden had mentioned to him the possibility of running again for the presidency.
With Republicans likely to win the House of Representatives and the Senate in November, there are mounting rumors that even Democrats of Biden's own ranks will turn against the President, whom they regard as a tired politician nearing his 80th birthday.
It's an inevitable fact, stressed a lawmaker who spoke under anonymity, and who believes that in a few weeks or a few months Biden will recognize reality and declare that he will not run for re-election.
Biden will have no choice. According to the Harvard CAPS-Harris poll published by The Hill, Trump is ahead of Biden by 6 points. The latest FiveThirtyEight presidential poll gave Trump ahead of Biden by 4 points.
Democrats are certain they will be defeated in the midterm elections, and they do not believe Biden will achieve what Bill Clinton (then 50 years old) and Obama (then 51 years old) did - to bounce back from heavy defeats in their first midterm elections to be re-elected to the White House two years later.
According to rumors in Democratic circles, candidates such as Robert O'Rourke, Michael Bloomberg, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are said to be planning to run in the party primaries and will start looking for support right after November.
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