Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) said the American people sent a ‘powerful’ message in the latest New York Times/Sienna poll as he remains the only serious contender against Biden for the Democratic nomination.
Of the six battleground states that historically swing red to blue in presidential elections, Trump could be on the path to winning five, according to the survey of 3,662 registered voters.
‘There is no statement I can make that’s more powerful than the one Americans made in that poll,’ Phillips said to DailyMail.com in response to the new numbers.
While Biden, 80, remains the de facto Democratic nominee for 2024 as the incumbent president with no contenders able to reach his polling levels – Phillips, 54, is making a longshot bid and hoping to provide the party a younger, more energetic alternative.
Many polls show a vast majority of voters are concerned with Biden’s age and fitness for office. Still, that has not resulted in a slew of Democrats rushing to run against the sitting president.
Democrats other than Phillips have expressed their concern with the latest polling.
Joe Biden’s primary challenger Rep. Dean Phillips urged Democrats to ‘listen to the American people’ after a new poll showed Trump beating the president in five of the six swing states key to a 2024 victory
Former President Barack Obama’s once senior adviser David Axelrod suggested Biden should drop out of the race as the new numbers emerged.
‘It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict & Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm,’ Axelrod wrote on X.
‘Only Joe Biden can make this decision,’ he added. ‘If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?’
The latest NYT/Sienna poll shows Trump is ahead with voters in Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania by margins starting at 3 percent up to 10 percent.
Wisconsin is currently the only swing state where Biden is ahead – with only a two-point lead.
Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Michigan were five of the states where Biden beat Trump during their 2020 White House face-off. In 2016, however, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan all went red for Trump.
Nevada remained blue in 2016 and 2020 – and Wisconsin voted for Trump in 2016 and flipped for Biden in 2020.
‘A lot of politicians lie or ignore inconvenient facts but the American people don’t and the numbers don’t,’ Phillips said to DailyMail.com in response to the polling.
‘The numbers are astounding and if we don’t start to acknowledge these realities our government could look alarmingly different come January 2025.’
Biden’s campaign, as well as his supporters, allies and surrogates, have been quick to point out that Rep. Phillips has voted with Biden most of the time and note that they are unable to identify what he offers that is different than the president.
But critics claim just the age and physical and mental fitness aspect might be enough to give him a little bump.
‘We have a responsibility to take a hard look at these numbers, listen to what the American people are trying to tell us, and act accordingly,’ Phillips said of the poll between Biden and Trump.
The 2024 Democratic candidate might be remiss not to take his own advice.
Polling, although not extensive since Phillips announced in late October, has not reflected so far that he has any shot of an upset against Biden.
In fact, he doesn’t seem to be able to even surpass fellow longshot Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson.
A Morning Consult poll released last week shows a whopping 69 percent gap between Biden and Phillips, with 73 percent saying they would vote for the current president and only 4 percent defecting.
Williamson also earned 4 percent in the same poll.