Exploring Potential Successors: Four Contenders to Replace Joe Biden

Who Could Replace Joe Biden? Four Possible Candidates

Speculation concerning President Joe Biden’s political future persists amid apprehensions regarding his age, spurred by the release of a special counsel’s report casting doubt on his memory.

As the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2024 presidential election, Biden has swept every primary contest and secured all available delegates thus far this year, setting the stage for the party’s convention in August. However, following the report by Hur, which characterized the president as an “elderly man with a poor memory,” critical voices have emerged in op-eds from left-leaning news outlets.

Some commentators advocate for Biden to offer greater reassurance to the public or even consider stepping aside entirely. A Monmouth University poll revealed that 48 percent of respondents believe it’s plausible for Biden to be replaced on the November ballot.

Joe Biden
Joe Biden (Credits: WIRED)

Despite mounting speculation, Biden has not signaled any intention to withdraw, and logistical challenges would impede any last-minute replacement. The filing deadline for Democratic primaries has passed in 44 states, precluding the inclusion of new candidates in those contests.

The possibility of selecting a new candidate would hinge on Biden’s decision to exit the race, as explained by political analysts interviewed by Newsweek.

While talk abounds about potential replacements, including speculation from those wagering on the election, the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, according to betting odds, remains Biden. Nonetheless, alternative options are garnering attention among bettors.

Michelle Obama, the former first lady, is among those attracting interest, although she has never pursued elected office and has not expressed overt political aspirations. Kamala Harris, the Vice President, presents an apparent choice but faces challenges due to her low approval ratings and past criticisms. Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Governor Gavin Newsom of California also emerge as possible alternatives, each bringing unique strengths and weaknesses to the table.

Despite the speculation and the search for an alternative candidate, Biden maintains his position as the Democratic nominee, with the party facing a complex decision should circumstances require a change in the lineup.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.