WASHINGTON – Even though he has not declared his candidacy, if the Democratic Convention were held this week, former Vice President Joe Biden would likely be the nominee, according to poll numbers from Real Clear Politics.
Biden tallied an average of 29.3 percent in the latest polls. Former candidate Bernie Sanders ran second with 19.8 percent and Kamala Harris ran third with 11.8 percent. The rest of the field, including New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, lagged well behind.
Elizabeth Warren tallied 7 percent, Cory Booker 5.5 percent, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke 5.3 percent, Amy Klobucher 3.3 percent and Sherrod Brown 1.7 percent, John Hickenloober 1 percent, Tulsi Gabbard 1 percent, and Julian Castro and Kirsten Gillibrand 0.8 percent.
While Biden has yet to announce, there are signs he is at the very least considering a presidential bid. Various news outlets have reported that Cristobal Alex, head of the Latino Victory Fund, is leaving the organization to work with Biden. Alex was Hillary Clinton’s National Deputy Director of Voter Outreach and Mobilization in 2016.
Sanders, who lost out to Clinton in the 2016 primary, which was set up to defeat him, is running on the assumption no single candidate by himself can defeat President Trump, but that a unified and combined operation can.
Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, and is the second African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first African-American and first woman to serve as Attorney General of the State of California.
Warren, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, is campaigning on economic improvements for the middle class and climate change.
Booker is a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, who sprang to prominence during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings.
Robert “Beto” O’Rourke failed to oust Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in what was a closer race than many predicted. He has not announced his candidacy but, according to various news agencies, has been searching for a campaign director.
Amy Klobucher is Senator from Minnesota and is campaigning on unity and service.
Sherrod Brown, Senior Senator from Ohio, is currently campaigning on a variety of issues, including disability care, veteran care and combating opioid addictions.
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is running to “repair the damage that’s been done to our country.”
Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is running on what her web site said is a campaign of love which leads to actions. A Major in the National Guard, she is fighting against regime-change wars and on protecting the planet.
Castro, former HUD Secretary, would be America’s first Hispanic president if he wins. He is quoted on his website as saying change comes from work. He is campaigning on education costs, veteran’s rights and allowing so-called Dreamers to “stay forever.”
Gillibrand, a New York Senator, is running on combating Trump’s agenda.