The incumbent’s fans hope that a second straight primary-election win will help overcome obstacles as he fights to retain the White House.
LAS VEGAS–President Joe Biden as expected scored won over Democrat challengers in the Feb. 6 Nevada primary election, putting him one step closer to formally securing the renomination that appears all but assured from the incumbent.
Following his repeat win in South Carolina this year, his second-straight victory in Nevada promises to boost the candidacy of an incumbent who is battling record-low approval ratings.
Those are largely tied to three concerns: His handling of the U.S.-Mexico illegal immigration crisis, economic conditions including persistent inflation, and the 81-year-old’s ability to handle the rigors of the presidency.
In 2020, then-candidate Biden won Nevada by less than 3 percent. President Trump has been trying to flip the Silver State into his column.
At the same time, independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. aims to grab votes from each of them.
“You all are the reason why I’m president of the United States of America,” President Biden told rally attendees, some of whom wore T-shirts bearing union logos.
“You’re the reason Donald Trump is a former president. … and you’re the reason we’ll make Donald Trump a loser again!”
Despite these indicators that his candidacy could be on an upswing, concerns linger as polls continue to signify that support for him has slipped among key constituencies such as blacks and Hispanics.
His advocates counter that they see signs that black voters remain staunchly in his corner. They note that he won 96 percent of the black vote in South Carolina earlier this month.
This year, South Carolinians cast only about 131,000 primary ballots, 50,000 fewer than in the state’s 2022 midterm primary and 200,000 fewer than in the 2020 primary.
Emel Akan and Lawrence Wilson contributed.