A longtime conservative pundit and former GOP presidential candidate says it's telling that polls continue to show a significant majority of Democrats want someone other than Joe Biden to be the nominee of their party – perhaps even someone who's not in the race right now.
In the latest compilation of Democratic presidential preference polls by RealClearPolitics, Biden – with nearly 29 percent support – continues to lead by 10.5 points over second-place Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Bernie Sanders trails Warren by roughly two percentage points. Those comprising the rest of the Democratic field each register in the single digits.
Even before Biden officially joined the race, polls and pundits tagged him as the popular choice among Democratic voters. But Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families says despite Biden's huge name recognition and eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, a lot of Democrats don't want him as their standard bearer.
"Two-thirds of Democrats would prefer somebody other than former Vice President Biden," Bauer notes. "The other thing that comes to mind is that if Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stay in this race the whole way – which is what I think they'll do – I think it's very likely that in another few months down the road there will just be three candidates."
In such a scenario, Bauer contends the two candidates – who have been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for their openly socialist policy proposals – would lead Biden by a significant margin.
"And given the relatively unusual way the Democrats allocate delegates, I think it's more than possible that they will go to their convention next year with nobody having enough delegates to win the nomination – and they'll be some sort of a brokered convention that will probably make everybody angry," he adds.
Bauer may be on target about discord in the party. According to the Fox News poll included in the RealClearPolitics compilation, more than a third (38%) of Democratic voters are hoping someone new will enter the 2020 race – including 36 percent of those backing Biden.
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