Beginning over the summer, Elizabeth Warren’s political star was rising.
But that seems to be over now.
First she took a hit for embracing Medicare-for-all. Then she took another hit for backing away from the plan.
She has been sinking ever since.
The Washington Examiner reports:
ANALYSIS: Support for Elizabeth Warren nosediving in polls since fall
Elizabeth Warren’s fast rise in the 2020 Democratic primary field is over.
The Massachusetts senator’s poll numbers shot up consistently in late summer and early fall, largely at the expense of first-tier rivals former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
But her rise in support also brought added scrutiny, including how Warren, 70, planned to fund her “Medicare for all” plan, which would effectively end private health coverage in favor of a government program. Unlike Sanders, 78, who forthrightly says taxes on middle-class earners would rise in order to pay for his proposed version of Medicare for All, Warren says hers would be covered by a wealth tax on individuals with fortunes over $50 million.
The more Warren’s talked about the details, the less support she’s earned.
A RealClearPolitics average of national primary polls Thursday placed Warren in third place, at 14.2% support, behind Sanders, at 15.6%, and 77-year-old Biden, leading the pack at 27.8%.
That spread is a dramatic reversal from two months ago when Warren was in a statistical tie for first place with Biden. At the time, Warren was .3 percentage points behind Biden, with 26% support, compared to his 26.3%.
Warren is even struggling in blue California.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Warren and Biden lose ground, Sanders moves ahead in California’s shifting 2020 Democratic race
The Democratic presidential contest in California remains extremely fluid — but not enough, at least so far, to provide an opening for Michael Bloomberg, who entered the race two weeks ago and was banking on winning big in the delegate-rich state, a new poll for the Los Angeles Times has found.
The survey by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies found that both Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — the commanding front-runner in a September California poll — and former Vice President Joe Biden have lost ground among the state’s likely Democratic primary voters over the last two months.
That erosion has benefited Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who narrowly tops the primary field, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., who doubled his support since the September poll.
Warren is a terrible candidate.
Democrats vastly overestimate her appeal on a national stage.