Democrats just got a serious dose of reality. Joe Biden is not going to save them in 2020.
The full results of the Iowa caucus STILL are not in, but there’s one thing we do know.
As of now, he is believed to be in fourth place. This is the establishment candidate that Democrats thought could pull off a win this year? Don’t count on it.
The Associated Press reports:
Biden’s poor showing in Iowa shakes establishment support
Joe Biden’s third presidential bid enters a critical stretch after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses sent the former vice president on to New Hampshire with a skittish donor base, low cash reserves and the looming threat of billionaire rival Michael Bloomberg and his unlimited personal wealth.
In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Biden insisted he had a “good night” in Iowa even as he trailed the top moderate candidate, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and the leading progressive, Bernie Sanders, according to initial returns from 62% of precincts. Biden was running fourth, close to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who just days ago polled in single digits.
That leaves some establishment Democrats, including some Biden supporters, questioning his contention that he’ll reclaim clear front-runner status in the race against President Donald Trump once the primary fight moves beyond overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire to more racially diverse electorates. And it’s a reminder of how Biden’s previous presidential campaigns never advanced beyond Iowa.
“If he came in fourth, yeah, that could hurt,” said Bill Freeman, a Biden donor from Nashville, Tennessee, who added that he hadn’t even considered such a possibility heading into Monday’s caucuses. “That’s a bad night, no matter how you spin it.”
Even former Obama adviser David Axelrod is admitting Biden is in trouble.
Fmr Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod: “Biden has a big problem. He has a big problem” pic.twitter.com/G0enadFer8
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 4, 2020
He is a terrible candidate and the people of Iowa know it.
BREAKING: Biden placed FOURTH in Iowa… but don’t worry, he’ll somehow come out first for the nomination!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) February 4, 2020
Don’t be surprised if he drops out in the next few weeks.
If he does this poorly in South Carolina, he’s finished.