It’s his to lose….
He hasn’t declared….
Behind the scene donors and staff are being lined up….
Everything is is being put in place…..
The Democratic presidential primary is waiting on Joe.
Candidates-in-waiting admit former Vice President Joe Biden is a factor in their decision-making. Democratic donors and bundlers are sitting on their wallets. Then there’s the pool of seasoned campaign hands in wait-and-see mode, closely attuned to Biden’s next move.
The shadow Biden casts over the Democratic field is a sign of his stature in the party — as the loyal No. 2 of the party’s beloved President Barack Obama, his polling numbers place him in the front-runner ranks — but it’s also a reflection of the lane he would occupy if he were to run.
Biden’s appeal to the white working class and moderates puts him squarely in the path of possible candidates like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — and it’s coloring their deliberations about the race.
Biden said last week that he is “very close” to a decision, and that it might come asearly as April…..
Biden should be in no rush to decide, said pollster John Anzalone, who worked for Obama’s campaign and is affiliated with no presidential election efforts currently.
“Biden has the luxury of time,” Anzalone said. “The only ones worrying about Biden are campaign consultants, campaign staff, insiders and reporters. Real voters aren’t out there screaming that he’s not making a decision in February or March. And I applaud him for it.”
Nationally, Biden pulls about 30 percent of the primary vote and is well ahead of second-place Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But there are signs Biden’s lead is somewhat shaky, and his initial supporters could be up for grabs for other candidates. More than two-thirds of Democratic voters in last week’sPOLITICO/Morning Consult poll described themselves as still up for grabs when it comes to the 2020 primaries, and more than half of those say Biden would be one of their top choices.
One of Biden’s most loyal backers, Obama’s former Florida campaign adviser Steve Schale, said he’s among a number of consultants waiting on an announcement. Until then, Schale said he’s “absolutely” not looking at other campaigns.
Biden and his coterie of supporters know the race would be a challenge if he runs, said Schale, who pushed back on the notion that the former vice president is another older white male candidate with support that’s a mile wide and an inch deep. As Obama’s wingman in office, Biden earned chits with nonwhite voters and progressives as well, he said.
“Joe Biden’s support is real. And it’s not like it comes from one lane,” Schale said. “Biden does fairly well with African-American and Hispanic voters, too. And if your lane crosses Joe Biden’s, it’s going to give you some thought.”……
This dog is of the view that Biden should NOT wait TOO long….
Kamala Harris has moved up in the polling….
Bernie Sanders is collection a ton of money …..
And it appears Beto O’Rourke will jump in…..
Biden WILl do well, and at this time?
He’d only have to push for the nomination for about a year…..
(The choice for the nomination will surely be locked in the day after ‘Super Tuesday ‘ with California now in March)