Biden's Possible Successors if He Drops Out of the 2024 Race

Joe Biden launched his campaign for reelection in 2024, yet speculation persists about whether he will remain in the race. Biden is unlikely to drop out, given his strong primary results in South Carolina and his commitment to defeating Trump. Nevertheless, if he were to step down, who would be the likely successors to lead the Democratic Party? Here are potential candidates:

  1. Vice President Kamala Harris: Harris would be an logical successor to Biden. As vice president, she has worked closely with Biden on various policies and is deeply experienced in governance. However, Harris' past presidential campaign showed promise at first but eventually flatlined. There are also concerns about her electability, given less-than-ideal approval ratings.
  2. California Governor Gavin Newsom: Newsom has become one of Biden's most prominent surrogates, touting Democratic policy stances and legislative wins. As a moderate, he has won tough political battles in a GOP-leaning state. While Newsom and Harris have a similar political trajectory, they have maintained a strong working relationship.
  3. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: Whitmer has fought tough political battles in Michigan and won. She has maintained strong margins in a tight state and, as a result, has become a vocal voice in the Democratic Party. With her Midwestern background, strong alliance with organized labor, and moderate appeal, she would be a strong contender in the event of a Biden dropout.
  4. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar: Klobuchar has a strong record of bipartisan accomplishment as a senator representing Minnesota. She ran a surprising campaign in the 2020 New Hampshire primary and has since become an influential voice in the Senate.
  5. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker: Booker has served in the Senate since 2013 and is well-known as a possible candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2028. He has nationwide name recognition and could easily boost his profile in South Carolina, where he campaigned in 2019 and 2020.
  6. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper: Cooper is a moderate who has overcome political divides in a GOP-leaning state. He has navigated difficult political terrain and emerged as a strong Democratic candidate. Considering the likely 2028 election, Cooper would be a name to remember.
  7. Maryland Governor Wes Moore: Moore is a combat veteran and Rhodes Scholar who was first elected to governorship in 2022. He has focused on tackling child poverty and housing affordability, signaling a new wave of progressive policies. Moore has been a strong political ally of both Biden and Harris, and his profile continues to grow within the Democratic Party.

It is important to note that Biden remains committed to his reelection campaign, and it is unlikely that he will drop out. These candidates are likely speculative, but their experience and political trajectories make them viable successors should Biden step down.

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