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Democratic governors ‘express deep anxiety’ over voter frustrations with party, Biden: New York Times

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Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are “expressing deep anxiety” over voter frustrations with their party, as well as with President Biden, raising fears of potential losses in the November election.

According to a Monday New York Times report, Democrats attending a weekend fundraising retreat in Florida hoped their concerns about voter reaction amid Biden’s plummeting approval rating would be dispelled with his State of the Union address on Tuesday.


“Democratic governors and their allies are expressing deep concern about the political conditions facing their party as President Biden’s approval rating plummets in a year where three dozen gubernatorial positions are on the line, including in some of the nation’s most prominent battleground states,” the article read. .

The Times noted that “several governors, gubernatorial candidates and donors” acknowledged voters were frustrated with the ongoing pandemic and that it was “damaging the party more than expected.”

Biden, whose approval rating hit a new low of 37% in a recent poll, promised during the 2020 election campaign to “shut down” the virus. However, new variants continued to spread, leading to record numbers of cases and deaths in the United States.

The article added that concerned Democrats hope Biden’s State of the Union address “could act as a pivot” for the party’s electoral chances, given that it comes amid the Russian invasion. of Ukraine, Biden’s nomination of Justice Ketanji Jackson as the likely first black woman on the Supreme Court, and the relaxation of CDC coronavirus guidelines.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks after President Joe Biden announced Jackson as his Supreme Court nominee in the Cross Hall of the White House, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris listens at right.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


The Times directly quoted a number of retreat participants who openly expressed their fears for November.

“The environment is not where we want it to be right now… When you’re frustrated and angry, you blame the guy at the top,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, while New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy argued that Democrats were “underestimating the historic investment” in the United States, seeming to refer to the enormous bipartisan infrastructure. bill passed by Congress late last year.

Murphy narrowly won his re-election race in November by just over three percentage points in a state that voted for Biden by 16 points. That same night, now-Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin won his race in a state that voted for Biden by 10 points.

Murphy went on to note that people were “crazy as hell” but oddly claimed they were “not necessarily sure why they are angry or who they are angry at”, despite polls showing Biden and Democrats underwater with voters on a number of issues, including their handling of the economy.

New Jersey's Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and his family arrive to vote in Middletown, New Jersey, U.S., November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New Jersey’s Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and his family arrive to vote in Middletown, New Jersey, U.S., November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
(Reuters/Lucas Jackson)


A Democratic donor who attended the event admitted to The Times that “no one trusts the Democratic brand” and that the party was facing headwinds.

“If you’re a governor right now or investing in the successes of Democratic governors, you don’t have much else to say…so you’re hanging on to straws,” he said.

Democrats are defending 16 governorships this year, including in a number of battleground states.


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