President Biden’s Nomination at Risk in New Hampshire Primary
In a surprising turn of events, President Joe Biden may face a formidable challenge from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in New Hampshire’s crucial primary for the presidency. This move comes after Biden successfully pushed to reschedule the primary, making it second to South Carolina and potentially leaving his name off the state’s Democrat primary ballot.
Republican and Democrat leaders in New Hampshire have vowed not to yield to the schedule change, citing a state law that prohibits such a move. As a result, RFK Jr. and Marianne Williamson are now the frontrunners for the state’s Democrat nomination, while Biden’s recent decision not to campaign in the Granite State further complicates his chances.
A petition started by New Hampshire Democrats on June 14 urges Biden to reconsider, as they realize the potential consequences of his absence in the primary. Rep. Keith Ammon, spearheading the petition, emphasizes that not campaigning in New Hampshire could hinder Biden’s chances of winning the nomination.
Initially, Democrats and political pundits dismissed Kennedy as a nonthreat to Biden. However, recent polls show Kennedy gaining momentum and surpassing Biden in favorability ratings. Influencers like former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have also expressed support for Kennedy’s campaign.
At the Democrats’ largest fundraiser, Congressman Ro Khanna warned that Biden’s absence in New Hampshire could cost him the general election. The lack of A-list Democrats at the event further suggests the impact of Biden’s anticipated no-show on the party’s prospects.
Rumors circulate that New Hampshire’s senior U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen may launch a last-minute write-in campaign to support Biden in the primary. While her office remains silent on the matter, Shaheen’s loyalty to the state and her vocal criticism of the Democratic National Committee’s interference in the primary process are well-known.
Biden and the DNC justified their decision to de-rank New Hampshire by citing its lack of diversity. However, the reality is that Biden performed poorly in New Hampshire, finishing fifth, while winning in South Carolina. New Hampshire Republican leaders are thrilled by the potential advantages a no-Biden primary could bring to their party candidates.
Melissa Blasek, executive director of RebuildNH, highlights the significance of New Hampshire’s primary status, as it influences the voting patterns of other states and impacts overall momentum.
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