New Poll Suggests Kamala Harris and Hillary Clinton Could Be Strongest Contenders Against Trump

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A recent poll conducted by Democratic pollster Bendixen & Amandi has revealed that Vice President Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have the best chance of defeating former President Donald Trump if President Joe Biden were to step aside. According to the poll, Harris leads Trump 42%-41%, while Clinton leads him 43%-41%.

The survey also examined possible Democratic replacement tickets with a vice presidential candidate. A Clinton-Harris ticket performed the best against Trump, beating him 43%-40%. A Harris-Gov. Josh Shapiro (D-PA) ticket also defeated the former president, 42%-40%. The other proposed ticket, with Harris and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), would lose to Trump, 41%-39%.

Harris has been viewed as the most likely alternative should Biden drop out of the campaign, with other polls also showing her performing the strongest out of Democratic replacement candidates. Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election, has frequently said she would not run and reaffirmed her support for Biden immediately after the president’s disastrous debate last month.

The poll’s findings come as the discussion about whether Biden should step aside continues into its second week. Biden’s interview with ABC News on Friday and campaign events over the weekend have done little to quell concerns about his age and mental acuity.

A New York Times-Siena College poll released last week showed Biden losing to Trump with likely voters 49%-43% and trailing with registered voters 49%-41%, while a Wall Street Journal poll showed Trump leading Biden 48%-42% with registered voters. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Trump leading Biden 47.5%-44.1%.

Fewer than a dozen House Democrats have publicly called on Biden to step aside, as reports swirl that other Democrats have privately expressed doubts about the president’s ability to continue his candidacy against Trump.

Jack Birle
Jack Birle
Jack Birle is a breaking news reporter. A 2022 graduate of Villanova University with majors in communication and political science, he has previous journalism experience with the Center Square and as a fellow with the National Journalism Center. He was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Southern California.

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