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Politics Biden: from Democratic frontrunner to edge of collapse

10:00  12 february  2020
10:00  12 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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If support for Biden continues to collapse and Buttigieg comes out of New Hampshire as the mainstream faction’s frontrunner , his path to the nomination will be rockier than Ultimately, it may be Bloomberg, not Biden that subverts Buttigieg’s already historic bid for the Democratic nomination.

Joe Biden is heading south, in more ways than one.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Joe Biden's campaign has taken a nosedive in recent weeks© Joseph Prezioso Joe Biden's campaign has taken a nosedive in recent weeks

Once the confident frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, America's centrist senior statesman meant to invigorate his party's effort to oust Donald Trump and reclaim the White House.

But the electability candidate, the one who insists he has the best chance at defeating Trump in November, has seen his political fortunes plunge in a single week.

After what he called a "gut punch" of a fourth place finish in the opening contest in Iowa, on Tuesday he faced a second straight drubbing, on track for a shock fifth-place finish in New Hampshire, early results showed.

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The popular former US vice president has been the national frontrunner for more than a year, but his enviable position is increasingly under threat, and rivals — including a socialist-leaning senator and – ‘Uphill battle’ – Biden ’s unsteady performance has put some in the Democratic establishment on edge .

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a person in a red shirt: Voting starts in the US Democratic primary in New Hampshire as leftist Bernie Sanders and youthful challenger Pete Buttigieg fight for pole position in the race for who faces Donald Trump in November's presidential election.© Agnes BUN Voting starts in the US Democratic primary in New Hampshire as leftist Bernie Sanders and youthful challenger Pete Buttigieg fight for pole position in the race for who faces Donald Trump in November's presidential election.

The former vice president saw the writing on the wall and abruptly scrapped plans to spend primary night in New Hampshire, jetting to his stronghold of South Carolina, where a diverse Democratic electorate votes later this month.

With the rise of leftist Bernie Sanders, a senator from neighboring Vermont, Biden faced a severe uphill climb in New Hampshire.

But in an embarrassing turn, the 77-year-old Biden was also beaten by Pete Buttigieg, a moderate former small-city mayor less than half his age, and pragmatist Senator Amy Klobuchar. Senator Elizabeth Warren was eclipsing him too.

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But the frontrunner , former Vice President Joe Biden , is conspicuously absent. In June, Biden faced the scorn of some California Democratic activists when he passed up the chance to join other 2020 candidates in San Francisco – at a meeting of 3,400 activists at the California Democratic Party

Biden ’s unsteady performance has put some in the Democratic establishment on edge . Is the situation alarming? “Yeah,” former Chicago mayor Rahm If the senator wins the nomination, Biden said, every Democrat seeking election “will have to carry the label that Senator Sanders has chose for himself…

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Biden -- seen here campaigning in New Hampshire -- says he may be down but is not out of the race© Joseph Prezioso Biden -- seen here campaigning in New Hampshire -- says he may be down but is not out of the race

No one in the modern history of the Democratic nominating process has performed so poorly in the first two statewide contests and gone on to win the nomination.

The hemorrhaging of support is coast to coast. A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday shows Biden's nationwide score dropping by nearly half, from 30 percent before Iowa's caucuses to 16 percent this week.

In the RealClearPolitics aggregate of recent nationwide polls, Biden has now relinquished the top spot that he has held for more than a year, with Sanders at 23 percent and Biden at 20.4 percent.

"I don't know that I've seen a sadder week in a campaign than Joe Biden's in New Hampshire," political science professor Dante Scala, of the University of New Hampshire, told AFP.

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"Voters liked Joe Biden well enough, but there was no measure of devotion," he added. "So when he disappointed in Iowa, they went shopping for other candidates."

- 'Come on, man!' -

It all marks a stunning decline for the party establishment favorite who is deeply respected among Democrats for his eight years as wingman to popular president Barack Obama.

Joe Biden holding a sign: Democratic presidential candidate former vice president Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020© Sean Rayford Democratic presidential candidate former vice president Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020

Biden has argued credibly that neither Iowa nor New Hampshire, whiter and other than most of the other 48 states, is a good barometer for the Democratic race and the party's electorate.

But bouncing back from a double disaster will take remarkable persistence and focus.

His campaign energy has come under scrutiny. He spent Thursday huddling with advisors instead of earning votes. He has stumbled on the trail, often responding to questions with "Come on, man!"

In the last debate he conceded he would lose New Hampshire, violating the unwritten rule of eternal optimism.

And he recently lashed out at a voter who questioned him, calling her a "lying dog-faced pony soldier."

Biden, speaking Tuesday from South Carolina where he sought refuge from his New Hampshire beating, insisted he was still in the game, saying the first two states signaled the "opening bell" of the race.

"Two of them. Not all the nation, not half the nation, not a quarter of the nation, not 10 percent," he said, adding he still wanted "the most committed constituency in the Democratic Party," African Americans, to weigh in at the ballot box.

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Biden faces NYC protesters chanting ‘Drop out, Joe!’ .
As if his poor results in Iowa and New Hampshire weren’t enough, Joe Biden was met with chants of “Drop out, Joe!” on Thursday night as he left a campaign fundraiser in New York City, according to reports. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Other protesters from the group New York Communities for Change held a mock “funeral” for Biden’s candidacy, featuring a black coffin decorated with Biden 2020 stickers.“The campaign is pretty much done,” one “mourner” said. “The people have spoken.

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