If you haven’t already heard, Joe Biden isn’t doing all that well, either mentally or in the polls. In fact, those polls indicate that it might be rather easy to dethrone him if a serious third-party candidate were introduced to the race.
The latest Quinnipiac poll was released last week. And according to it, some 47 percent of all US voters think a third-party candidate might be worth voting for.
Now, some of this comes from the idea that another Biden vs. Trump race could end badly, as it did in 2020.
And so people are looking for alternatives.
Particularly, independents are looking elsewhere. According to the poll, nearly two-thirds of them are open to voting for a third party.
And that might just be enough to convince a potential third-party candidate to announce such a run.
Already it’s been hinted at that either, or both Robert F. Kennedy and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia might be up for such.
While RFK has gained no small amount of traction in his Democratic race so far, coming in with 14 percent of the vote so far, these numbers speak to the possibility that departing from the Democratic Party and running as a “No Label” candidate might give him better odds.
Similarly, Manchin seems to be testing the very same waters.
Now, to be clear, there’s already a third-party candidate technically on the books. Left-wing activist Cornel West announced he would be running for the People’s Party nomination last month. Then again, he’d take the Green Party’s endorsement as well.
However, with West being such a far-leftist, no one expects him to upset much for either Biden or Trump.
But if Manchin, RFK, or former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman should choose to run as a third-party candidate, that could change.
DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison has grown increasingly worried about the possibility, saying of West’s run that now “is not the time in order to experiment… We got to re-elect Joe Biden.”
And clearly, Biden would be the most at risk here.