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New Poll says Warren, Harris top picks for VP with voters

A new survey of voters by the Hill/HarrisX says that U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) remain the most popular with voters among candidates for the VP slot under the presumed Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden. But the survey also reveals potential problems for the Democrat ticket.

According to the survey, Warren was more popular among Democrat voters with a 60 percent favorable rating versus Harris with 53 percent favorable. Harris, on the other hand, enjoyed a slight edge among Independent voters, 29 percent to 27 percent for Warren.

Harris, Warren and former Obama National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, are the top three choices for the Vice Presidential nomination in the Hill/HarrisX poll, getting 23, 22 and 16 percent of the Democrats polled respectively.

Harris and Warren are more popular with Republicans than Susan Rice, while Rice outpaces both Warren and Harris with Independent voters.

The polling, however, indicates several problems with the Democrat presidential ticket-to-be.

One problem Democrats have is that none of the potential Vice Presidential nominees looks particularly popular in a year that sees the top of the ticket struggling to relate to voters. Warren’s 60 percent favorability among Democrats translates into 37 percent net favorable amongst all voters. All other candidates trail her.

That means that 63 percent of voters or more have an unfavorable view or no opinion of the candidates for Vice President before the campaign even begins.

Biden enjoys only a 53 percent net favorability rating and the campaign hasn’t really started to contrast Trump with Biden yet.

The other big problem facing the Democrats is that none of the top VP choices help with an electoral college victory.

Warren and Harris live in Massachusetts and California respectively– both expected to be solid for Biden already– while Rice lives in Washington, D.C., which is also expected to be a solid three electoral college votes for Biden.   

In 2000 and 2016 Democrats lost narrowly to Republicans by ignoring presidential electoral college politics.

Finally, Hillary Clinton, who is popular with neither Democrats nor Republicans, has virtually stalked Joe Biden throughout the campaign, reminding people that she’s still available, should Biden stumble.

Hillary made headlines earlier this month by saying President Trump wouldn’t accept the election results if he lost. Trump responded by saying he’s not going to lose.

“[Hillary] also worried many Democrats who are wary of a reemergence of the controversial figure who won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, but nonetheless lost to Trump in a historic upset,” when she appeared on Joy Reid’s new MSNBC show yesterday.

“By drawing attention to herself, and serving as a lightening rod for attention, Clinton risks distracting voters,” says Seth Cohen at Forbes.

And one thing the Democrats don’t need right now is a distraction by Hillary, who is either hustling for the top spot or a job with Biden.

The field is crowded enough with unpopular Democrats vying for the VP slot.

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