Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez The 2022 midterm elections are less than a year away, but questions are already being raised about what the Democratic ticket will look like in 2024.
The White House has repeatedly said that President Biden intends to run again in 2024, but political watchers point to the fact that Biden would be 82 years old at the start of a second term. He was already the oldest individual to be inaugurated when he was sworn in in January.
On top of that, Biden is facing a stalled agenda on Capitol Hill, declining approval ratings and a continuing pandemic.
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Vice President Harris would seem like the most likely pick to run in Biden’s place if he does not run. Many viewed Biden’s pick of Harris as his vice presidential pick as a signal that Harris was being prepped to succeed Biden down the line as a presidential candidate and leader of the Democratic Party.
A hypothetical poll of a future Democratic primary without Biden conducted by Morning Consult showed Harris leading the field with 31 percent support among the party’s potential primary voters. Still, Harris has had to contend with negative coverage throughout the course of her first year as vice president. Recently, a number of Harris staffers have departed her office, although some had previous plans to leave by the end of 2021.
Despite the 2024 chatter, Harris said in an interview last week that she and Biden have not discussed whether he will run again in 2024.
"We do not talk about nor have we talked about reelection, because we haven’t completed our first year and we’re in the middle of a pandemic," Harris told The Wall Street Journal.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came in second to Harris in the hypothetical Morning Consult Democratic primary poll with 11 percent support among potential Democratic primary voters. Buttigieg made waves in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, winning the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses and narrowly losing the popular vote to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Buttigieg also made history as the first openly gay candidate to seek the Democratic nomination for president.