Bernie Sanders and Gavin Newsom set to replace Biden in 2024: Poll

New polls show a majority of California voters do not want Joe Biden to run for office again in 2024, with equal percentages of Democrats saying progressive Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and their state’s Gov. Gavin Newsom are their first choices would be to replace the current President.

Biden has seen his approval rating tank quickly over the past year, prompting some Democrats to sound the alarm that he is unlikely to win a second term in the White House in 2024. Many have also raised concerns about Biden’s age as he turns 82 shortly after the next presidential election.

While Biden’s age and health may worry some, a sizeable segment of California voters don’t seem to care about the prospect of Sanders, who turns 83 in 2024, becoming president. The Vermont independent, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic Party nomination in 2016 and again in 2020, was with Newsom as the top pick for California’s Democratic voters, according to a new poll released Friday by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies tied together.

Sanders, who won the 2020 Democratic primary in California, and Newsom, 54, were both selected by 13 percent of Democratic pollsters as the first choice to replace Biden as the 2024 candidate. Vice President Kamala Harris, 57, who previously served as a senator for California, took third place with 10 percent picking her as their first choice.

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At top left, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a visit to the Chabot Space & Science Center August 12 in Oakland, California. At top right, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a student loan forgiveness rally on Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street near the White House April 27 in Washington, DC party candidate in 2024, new polls show.
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Newsom pulls ahead in the poll when respondents’ second choice is matched with their first choice. Then the California governor is supported by 25 percent, compared to 18 percent who supported Sanders and Harris.

Overall, the poll showed that 61 percent of California voters of all political persuasions oppose a second Biden term. Among Democrats, 46 percent oppose the president running for the White House again, while an equal percentage support him seeking four more years as commander in chief.

The poll was conducted August 9-15 among 9,254 registered California voters. It had an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2 points, with the Democrats’ sampling error being plus or minus 2.5 points.

The Washington Post first reported in April that Sanders had not “ruled out” a third run for the White House if Biden refused to seek re-election. The news was based on a memo from a top Sanders adviser, Faiz Shakir, who was the former presidential candidate’s 2020 campaign manager. The memo was circulated to progressive allies, giving them advice on how to “embrace” attacks on the senator’s support for their candidates in November’s midterm elections.

Analysts have posited that Newsom is weighing a possible run in 2024, possibly even in a direct challenge to Biden. Speculation mounted in July when the California governor published an ad in Florida criticizing Southern governor Ron DeSantis. While former President Donald Trump is considered the potential frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, DeSantis is regularly touted as the strongest alternative.

A previous July poll by News Nation and Decision Desk HQ showed that if Biden does not run in 2024, Harris would be the nation’s top pick for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. The current vice president was supported by about 16 percent of respondents, while Sanders came in second with nearly 11 percent and Newsom in third with about 9 percent.

The poll included 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.07 percent.

Biden and other White House officials have repeatedly said he plans to seek re-election in 2024. The president has claimed that if Trump were to run again, he would be even more eager for a second term in the White House. Bernie Sanders and Gavin Newsom set to replace Biden in 2024: Poll

Rick Schindler

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