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Democrats’ White House hopes hinge on a ‘divided’ field, voters say


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Americans in Northern Virginia are divided when it comes to which Democrat would be the hardest to beat in the 2024 presidential race.

“I think the Democratic field is a little bit fragmented right now … but it’s hard to say,” Daniel told Fox News. “It’s going to be a pretty open field, and we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Greg, a longtime resident of Alexandria, Virginia, said, “I don’t know of any candidates I’d like to support, and I’m definitely a Democrat.”

President Biden has said he intends to run for president in 2024, but that hasn’t stopped potential candidates from raising their national profiles. California Governor Gavin Newsom was found to be the toughest Democratic candidate for a Republican to beat in the 2024 presidential election, according to a recent poll by TPUSA.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference after meeting with students from James Denman High School on October 1, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
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30.3% said Newsom would be the hardest for a Republican to beat; 13.6% said former first lady Michelle Obama; 10.5% told former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; 10.3% said Senator Bernie Sanders; 7.9% said Vice President Kamala Harris; 5.9% said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to the poll.

Newsom would be hard to beat because of his popularity, John told Fox News.

Layla told Fox News that she thinks Harris is the best for the job. “A female candidate as the favorite seems almost impossible to beat, especially since Biden is old.”

Another woman, May, agreed. “I’d say Kamala Harris has a pretty decent shot.”

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a dinner for the South Carolina Democratic Party on June 10, 2022 in Columbia, South Carolina.  It was Harris's first visit to a state game since she took office.  (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a dinner for the South Carolina Democratic Party on June 10, 2022 in Columbia, South Carolina. It was Harris’s first visit to a state game since she took office. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
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“I think she’s kind of similar to Obama. She’s a woman. She’s a black woman. So I think she can really appeal to that demographic,” May said.

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Corey Booker and Pete Buttigieg have a shot, Daniel told Fox News.

Sad Daniel: “I think the challenge is that Biden and Trump are frankly too old for the country. So I think Biden can beat Trump again. But I think most Democrats are looking for someone else and frankly , most of the independents are looking for someone else as well.”

“[Biden is] will be 80 years old,” Letitia said. “By the time [of] the 2024 elections, he will be almost 82 years old.”

President Biden talks about inflation and supply chain issues in Los Angeles.

President Biden talks about inflation and supply chain issues in Los Angeles.
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“His approval ratings are pretty low, he promised a lot of things when he ran for president that he didn’t deliver,” May said of President Biden. “He is also getting old, so people have a lot of concerns about it.”

Layla said that Biden no longer has any appeal. “Their appeal of him in the last election was that he’s not the other guy.”

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“He’s getting old, he hasn’t kept his promises, and in general I think people are getting very tired of established politicians.”

Letitia said, “Right now, it looks like it would be Biden, but, you know, it’s a long way from here to the 24th.”

Brooke Singman and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.



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