Meet the red-state governor Democrats should nominate in 2024 instead of Biden or Harris

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His approval rating is well under water in every key battleground state that he captured in 2020 (Virginia, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire), in some cases by double digits. 

A whopping 71 percent of voters, including half of Democrats, believe the country is on the wrong track. A shocking 64 percent of Americans don’t even want Biden to seek a second term. 

Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 64%, say they don’t want ⁦@POTUS⁩ to run for a second term in #Election2024, according to a ⁦@USATODAY⁩/⁦@Suffolk_U⁩ poll. https://t.co/SC63668p51

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) November 8, 2021

Another poll shows just 36 percent of Democrats want him to run again.

Just listened to NPR/PBS Poll this morning. Apparently Democrats want Biden replaced for 2024.

44% want someone else

36% want Biden

20% unsure

With numbers like this, I think 45 is going to run again.

— Brandon Brice (@Iambrandonbrice) November 2, 2021

Biden and Vice President Harris are polling in the 30s on the economy and crime and in the 20s on their handling of the border and the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Speaking of polling in the 20s, that’s where Harris’s numbers stand: at 28 percent approval. 

The president’s approval rating is only just above an all-time low, with Harris’ just at 28 percent, according to USA Today-Suffolk University poll. https://t.co/eirDxHoYUy

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 8, 2021

A majority of Americans believe the administration as a whole is not competent, focused or effective enough to run the federal government. 

THE POLL FINDS… a majority of Americans no longer consider @POTUS Biden to be competent, focused or effective in the job, @cbsnewspoll finds. pic.twitter.com/7RKDt6vc6j

— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) August 22, 2021

The poll result on the administration’s competency may be the most damning of all because it’s hard to change people’s perception of you once they believe you’re in over your head.

The economy isn’t getting better anytime soon, either. Inflation by all accounts is not transitory. The supply chain crisis may last into 2023, per Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegAt White House, frustration over who gets to ask questions Harris frustrated paid leave not a part of spending package Voters are correct: Biden is to blame for inflation MORE. Ask Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterAfter Trump and Biden, the nation needs new leadership, and the Republican Party must lead the way Christmas could come early for Joe Biden Press: In war among Catholics, Pope Francis sides with Biden MORE what prolonged inflation and high gas prices can do to a presidency. 

Speaking of Carter, he was the last sitting president to get a serious primary challenge. He’s also the last Democratic president to serve just one term.

But Buttigieg is just 39 years old and looks even younger, which will prompt many to ask, “Can this kid who was mayor of a college town really be leader of the free world?”

  1. Stacey Abrams: The Democratic rising star narrowly lost her Georgia gubernatorial bid in 2018 but checks off the same boxes as Harris in terms of race and gender. She is infinitely better than Harris on the stump and in interviews. Agree or disagree with Abrams, she is relatively authentic (unlike Harris) and has a talent for fundraising. But like Buttigieg, she lacks experience.
  1. Andy Beshear: As witnessed in Virginia earlier this month, the Democratic Party is hemorrhaging independent voters as it continues its march away from the center and toward the AOC/squad wing of the party. Beshear won his gubernatorial race in deeply red Kentucky because of moderate policies, particularly on police and crime. For example, Beshear’s budget proposes a $15,000 raise for state troopers and an $8,000 raise for dispatchers, flying in the face of the calls of some Democrats to defund the police.

Unlike Biden, Beshear is a unifier who worked with state Democratic and Republican leaders to pass legislation to appropriate funds to build better schools, expand broadband and invest in hard infrastructure improvements, including clean drinking water.

He can also point to a successful economic record: At 4.3 percent, Kentucky’s unemployment rate is well below the national average. Kentucky is also among the top 10 states people are moving to

It’s a long way to Election Day 2024 — 1,087 days, to be exact. But given the uphill climb Democrats will have in holding power, it’s never too soon to start planning.  

Democrats would be wise to get behind Beshear. But given how woke the party has become, it’s hard to see a moderate white guy from a red state getting the nod. 

Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.

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