| 2 March 2024, Saturday |

Democrats have no Biden backup plan for 2024, despite age concerns

If President Joe Biden were to withdraw from his 2024 reelection campaign for any reason, the Democratic Party would be without a backup plan, and the unexpected necessity to replace him as the party’s standard-bearer would lead to a tumultuous internal dispute.

After eliminating all credible Democratic primary opponents by declaring his candidacy in April, Biden has remained true to his decision to run for a second term in spite of poor polling results and inquiries over his age, even from some Democrats.

Even if more Democratic candidates were to jump in now, the path forward would be unclear as deadlines to get on the primary ballot in critical states such as Nevada, South Carolina and Georgia have already passed.

Biden loyalists, citing his record in office, argue that the party does not need a backup plan to defeat probable Republican nominee Donald Trump, who Biden beat in the 2020 election.

Among the possible scenarios if the president, 81, did drop out: Democrats could pick another nominee next August at their convention, or even later, in line with party rules.

  • Reuters