“He wasn’t my first or second choice for president, but I’m a convert,” Jayapal said of Biden at Policy. “I never thought I would say that, but I think he should run for another term and finish this program that we have established.”
Far-left groups have also shifted their tune to find an alternative to Biden. “Regardless of whether Biden is the nominee in 2024 or not, he has a responsibility as the leader of this country, who recognizes that democracy is crumbling and crippling right now, to be able to buy trust society of the young people who will be the protagonists of its safeguard,” said John Paul Mejia, national spokesperson for the Sunrise movement, at the Hill.
While some Democrats may feel a sense of relief after the midterms, others still have doubts about the president’s future. Some have publicly stated that Biden is simply too old to potentially run for re-election in 2024. Biden is the oldest president in US history, reaching that mark upon his inauguration at age 78 in 2021. Biden has turned 80 on November 20.
“If he was 60 and not 80, there would be absolutely no doubt,” said David Axelrod, chief strategist for former President Barack Obama. New York Times Last week.
North Carolina Democratic National Committee member Shelia Huggins echoed Axelrod’s sentiments. “I still have some concerns about his race again. Part of it has to do with his age,” she said.
Biden’s age isn’t the only concern for Democrats. Turnout among black voters, a key demographic for the Democratic Party since the 1970s, has been lackluster. According to Time’ analysis, average black voter turnout was more than 25% lower than that of white voters in Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina, falling to its lowest levels since 2006.
Not all data from each state has been finalized to draw conclusions, but Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina’s black voter population is a strong indicator that Democrats could lose a key portion of their intersection coalition.
Hispanic demographics are also a concern for Democrats. Bloomberg published an op-ed after the election that warned Republicans were gaining traction with Hispanic voters, citing Miami-Dade County in Florida.
Much to the chagrin of Democrats, Gov. Ron DeSantis turned the county from blue to red. The county hadn’t turned red for a gubernatorial candidate since Jeb Bush did when he was re-elected in 2002. With Hispanic support, DeSantis won re-election over Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) by almost 20 points.