With the Iowa caucuses just three months away, 2020 Democrat presidential hopefuls are visiting the state to rally support among likely voters.
During a campaign stop in Iowa over the weekend, candidate Cory Booker appeared skeptical about early polling.
He claimed “polls don’t matter,” and said he is optimistic about his chances of becoming the Democrat nominee.
“We play to win and we’re here because I believe that as things shift and change, as they always do, we’re going to continue to grow in popularity and support,” he stated.
Although Booker is polling at just two percent, he brings up an interesting point. In June of 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump was polling at just 12 percent when he announced his candidacy.
“I look at some of the polls from my race against crooked Hillary Clinton, okay, and I look at those polls and they were worse…far worse…I was going to lose to her a week before the election, according to the Washington Post/ABC,” he explained. “Then we sent a letter of complaint and the next week they changed the polls — that was the day of the election, they changed the poll.”
Three years after what has been described as President Trump’s “stunning upset,” voters are weighing if they will let him remain at the White House or if it’s time for a change. The race for the Democrat nomination began with a crowded field but has since slimmed down.
Joe Biden was seen as the clear front-runner at the beginning. The self-proclaimed “gaffe machine” has now fallen to third and even fourth place in some polls. However, Biden appears unbothered by his rocky polling on his journey to the presidency. He has continuously cited the importance of “free press.”
“By the way, as you’ve noticed, the press isn’t always that great with me…I’m not that crazy about them too with some things they write, but they are the fourth estate,” stated Biden. “And as Jefferson said if I have to choose, I’m paraphrasing him, one of the three branches of government or free press — I’d pick the free press.”
Elizabeth Warren has since made her way to the top of the pack. The latest polls place her at number one with 22 percent of voter support. It’s clear that at this point anything is possible.
The election still a year away and if history means anything, polls are expected to fluctuate. In the meantime, voters will continue to analyze who might be the best candidate for the Democrat nominee with the next debate coming up on November 20th in Atlanta.