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Why Democrats are ‘not enthusiastic’ about Biden’s re-election: strategist

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an event marking the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the East Room at the White House on June 18, 2024 in Washington, DC. Biden announced a new program that will provide protections for undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens, allowing them to obtain work authorization and streamline their path to citizenship. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) President Biden Marks The 12th Anniversary Of DACA At The White House

The 81-year-old president’s own vulnerabilities — including his age — are likely to blame for recent polling that shows Biden trailing his GOP rival, former President Donald Trump, or holding on by a razor-thin margin, Politico reported, citing interviews with a slew of Democrats.

“Democrats are enthusiastic about trying to win the Senate and trying to win the House,” party faithful strategist, Neil Oxman, said.

The Pennsylvania-based strategist added, though, that they’re “not enthusiastic about Biden’s reelection. Period.”

In addition to his age, Biden’s inconsistent messaging and dwindling support from younger generations are also likely culprits when it comes to Biden’s weaknesses, Oxman and other Democrats argued.

“There’s a disconnect between the successes we’re having locally and in specials, and the environments we’re experiencing at and near the top of the ticket,” Steve Israel, a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair, said.

“It is the fundamental challenge confronting Democrats right now: Why are we doing as well as we’re doing on the ground, in local and state elections, but we still have this very tight polling at the presidential?”

The stark reality check comes after fresh polling on Thursday showed Trump was running the table against Biden in six battleground states — including in critical Pennsylvania.

The surveys from Emerson College and The Hill show the 45th president edging out Biden in Arizona (47%-43%), Georgia (45%-41%), Michigan (46%-45%), Nevada (46%-43%), Pennsylvania (47%-45%), and Wisconsin (47%-44%).

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Meanwhile, a Fox News survey released Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump by a razor-thin margin — 50%-48% — ahead of next week’s debate between the pair.

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