Penn, a former adviser to Bill Clinton and CEO of Stagwell, shared the results of a New York Times Sienna poll on six Battleground States. According to the poll, Donald Trump is currently leading in five of the six states, with only Wisconsin showing Joe Biden in the lead.
These numbers have raised concerns within the Biden Campaign and the Democratic party. However, panic should not be the response to these numbers, but rather a reconsideration of policies and necessary changes. Similar situations have occurred in the past, such as with President Clinton and Barack Obama, where unfavorable ratings did not predict their re-election. Issues such as inflation, crime, and immigration, which the current president has not effectively addressed, are key factors influencing these numbers.
Biden has one year to turn the tide, and if he fails, his re-election campaign will face significant challenges. Prominent Democrats, including David Plouffe, have acknowledged Biden as the likely nominee, but emphasize the need for wise decision-making to determine whether his candidacy is in the best interest of the country. There seems to be some internal friction between the Obama and Biden camps, with disagreements over Israel policy and debates on whether Biden should run. Speculation arises on potential replacements for Biden, such as Kamala Harris or Gavin Newsom, should he choose not to run.
Ted Cruz even suggests the possibility of Michelle Obama being parachuted in at the convention. However, for now, the Democratic party is rallying behind Biden, though other options including state Governors or Michelle Obama remain possibilities if circumstances change..