According to a new report from Bloomberg nearly a dozen senior Democrats in the state believe Joe Biden may be headed for a humiliating 3rd or 4th place finish in Iowa due to a poorly organized operation.
The most recent Iowa poll in fact has Biden well behind Warren, Buttigieg and Sanders in 4th place.
What’s perhaps even worse for the former VP, is he’s not looking good in New Hampshire, the second contest either, leading to the possibility of having 2 consecutive humiliating defeats from someone who calls himself the frontrunner.
Other problems for Biden? Plenty.
After Q3, his cash on hand of under 9 million fell far below Warren, Bernie, and Buttigieg that all boasted over $20 million.
Bloomberg reports Joe Biden risks a humiliating third- or fourth-place finish in Iowa early next year, according to nearly a dozen senior Democrats in the state who attribute the prospect to what they see as a poorly organized operation that has failed to engage with voters and party leaders.
With fewer than 100 days until the Feb. 3 caucuses, Biden is failing to spend the time with small groups of voters and party officials that Iowans expect and his campaign’s outreach has been largely ineffective, according to 11 senior Democrats in the state. That could send Biden to a crippling loss behind Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, who have highly organized campaigns in Iowa, said the Democrats, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the campaign.
Biden didn’t join the 2020 presidential race until April, months after his rivals had set up camp and secured the most sought-after hires. He entered as the front-runner, a position that has slowly eroded as Warren’s and Buttigieg’s standings have risen. Recent polls have Warren tied with Biden, and one survey shows Buttigieg in third place in the state.
Even though Biden told reporters in Iowa last week that he was “working like hell” to win, Democrats there say he has a lot of ground to make up.
“I think it’s fair to say if action isn’t taken soon, you’re going to find that a person who was 7 or 14 points behind Biden will be breathing down his neck or actually ahead of him,” said Kurt Meyer, chairman of the Mitchell County Democratic Party. “There’s still time because the caucuses are not on Oct. 27, but action needs to be taken.”
A defeat in Iowa wouldn’t end the Biden campaign. He is heavily favored in South Carolina, the fourth contest of the nominating season, but it would slice into his chief argument — that he’s best suited to beat President Donald Trump.
The Biden campaign said it is confident in the strength of its Iowa operation, issuing a statement to Bloomberg News saying Biden has about 70 endorsements, with dozens more forthcoming. It also said that surrogates such as his wife, Jill, and Iowa officials have campaigned strongly on the candidate’s behalf.
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com