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President Joe Biden declared that former President Donald Trump “will be the nominee” following Trump’s landslide victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday night in the Republican presidential primary.
In a statement emailed to Mediaite, Biden framed Trump as the presumptive victor and thanked voters who helped his write-in campaign, which led to him winning the Democratic primary in New Hampshire.
“It is now clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And my message to the country is the stakes could not be higher. Our Democracy. Our personal freedoms — from the right to choose to the right to vote. Our economy — which has seen the strongest recovery in the world since COVID. All are at stake. I want to thank all those who wrote my name in this evening in New Hampshire,” the statement read from Biden.
“It was a historic demonstration of commitment to our democratic process. And I want to say to all those Independents and Republicans who share our commitment to core values of our nation — our Democracy, our personal freedoms, and an economy that gives everyone a fair shot — to join us as Americans. Let’s remember. We are the United States of America. And there is nothing — nothing — we can’t do if we do it together,” the statement added.
As Yahoo pointed out, Biden’s team is aware of the political challenges they are facing.
“Biden faces no shortage of headwinds going into the general election season — low approval ratings, widespread concern about his age, multiplying tensions abroad and plenty of discontent at home, including from disenchanted young people and minorities who were key to his first victory. But his campaign has crafted a rejoinder to each count — the answers often circling back to Trump himself,” Yahoo noted.
Exit polling regarding what voters care most about during Tuesday’s primaries in New Hampshire does not bode well for Biden and the Democratic Party as they attempt to frame the issues heading into November’s elections.
Earlier this week, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off a nationwide “Fight for Reproductive Freedoms” Tour in Wisconsin, with the focus being on ensuring wider access to abortion.
“Freedom, I believe, is fundamental to the promise of America…and that includes the freedom to make decisions about one’s own body, not the government telling you what to do,” Harris said during the event.
Her remarks — and the White House’s focus on abortion — come after the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that the issue should have always resided with individual states.
But according to exit polling done by CBS News during the New Hampshire primaries, the top issues for voters, by far, are the illegal immigration crisis along the country’s southern border and the economy.
“On the issues, the economy and immigration are the top issues for New Hampshire primary voters. These are the same issues that were most important to Iowa GOP caucus goers,” the outlet reported. “Immigration is a driver, particularly for Trump voters.”
Meanwhile, as reported by The Messenger, the results of CBS’s top-of-mind concerns for primary voters come as Trump has taken a seven-point lead over Biden in a new survey.
“The poll, conducted online January 17-21 among 3,034 registered voters, found Trump led Biden, 48%-41%, while 11% were undecided. The result was outside the poll’s margin of error, which was 1.8 percentage points,” the outlet reported on a survey done on its behalf in conjunction with the HarrisX polling firm.
“Support of Biden and Trump largely broke down partisan lines. 90% of Republicans backed Trump and 82% of Democrats backed Biden. Independents supported Trump, 43%-36%, while 22% were undecided,” the outlet reported.
Biden’s job approval rating continues to be low, with 38% expressing approval of his performance and 57% disapproving. A larger percentage of voters “strongly disapprove” of Biden (42%) compared to those who “strongly approve” (15%).
In a ballot test featuring independent candidates, Trump led with 42% support, followed by Biden at 33%, and Robert F. Kennedy at 12%. All other candidates garnered 2% or less, the survey found.