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Democratic senators in swing or trending red states are increasingly shying away from President Joe Biden and declining not to have him appear with them on the campaign trail as his poll numbers decline, even though all of them have supported his legislative and policy agendas.
The Democratic candidates, many of whom are running in either red or battleground states, have refrained from prominently featuring Biden in their social media posts on the X platform since announcing their 2024 campaigns. While none of these Democrats have explicitly endorsed the president’s reelection bid, they have consistently voted in alignment with his agenda throughout 2023, the Daily Caller reported.
“Vulnerable Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jacky Rosen of Nevada agreed with the president anywhere from 94.6 percent to 99.3 percent of the time last year, according to FiveThirtyEight’s estimates,” the outlet noted.
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, who is vying for the seat currently occupied by independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema, aligns with Biden’s positions in approximately 97.9 percent of his votes, as reported by FiveThirtyEight. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democratic congresswoman running for the seat that Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan will vacate, has shown support for the president’s agenda in about 88.9 percent of her votes.
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Of the few social media posts that Tester, Brown, Casey, Baldwin, Rosen, Gallego and Slotkin have made mentioning Biden on X since launching 2024 Senate bids, many were either critical of him or were calls for action addressed to his administration rather than expressions of support for the president’s reelection bid.
The Democrats occasionally touted Biden’s legislative achievements on the platform, and how their respective states benefited.
As President Biden grapples with declining approval ratings, voters in swing states indicate a stronger trust in former President Donald Trump by double-digit margins, particularly on economic and immigration issues. Crucial voting demographics that heavily favored Biden in the 2020 election have also voiced their disapproval of the president’s performance in office.
A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee dismissed the Democrats’ efforts to distance themselves from Biden during their reelection campaigns.
“Whether they have the guts to say his name or not, every single Democrat running for Senate has enabled Joe Biden’s disastrous agenda,” Tate Mitchell told the DCNF in a statement. “They are directly responsible for the open border, rising crime, and sky-high prices that are hallmarks of Biden’s failed leadership, and American voters won’t forget it.”
Meanwhile, Trump appears to be moving ahead of Biden in a number of swing states, including a new one that emerged in 2020; according to a Fox News survey, Trump receives 51 percent support in Georgia, while Biden’s support has fallen to just 43 percent.
Among the subset of Georgians who express a high level of interest in the race, 78 percent are either extremely or very interested. The voting preferences within this group are closely divided, with 52 percent favoring Trump and 43 percent supporting Biden, Fox News noted, citing the survey’s results.
Trump garners robust backing from his core constituencies, such as White evangelicals (85 percent), conservatives (76 percent), White voters lacking a college degree (74 percent), and rural voters (67 percent). Meanwhile, Biden’s support comes primarily from liberals (87 percent), Black voters (71 percent), college-educated voters (52 percent), and suburban women (52 percent), the survey said.
While Trump’s loss of suburban women to a Democratic presidential incumbent is cause for concern, other political analysts pointed to Trump’s commanding lead over Biden with voters under the age of 35 as significant.
“Given that the Democrats won major U.S. Senate races in 2020 and 2022, Trump’s strength in this poll is somewhat surprising,” Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson, told the outlet. “We can blather on (correctly) about how ‘anything can happen,’ but the reality is Biden may want to shift his focus and precious resources away from Georgia and onto other potential battleground states, such as North Carolina.”