Despite ganging up on former Vice President Joe Biden at last night’s debate in hopes to minimize his lead, it seems it was all for naught. According to new Morning Consult polling the Detroit debates had little returns for Biden challengers and 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Polls showed that this week’s debate “did little to immediately impact potential Democratic primary voters’ preferences for president.” Biden, who has been leading the 2020 hopefuls still have “thirty-two percent of Democratic primary voters” who want to see him at the top of the party’s ticket, with “33 percent” saying “Biden was their first choice.”
The poll also gave interesting data that the Detroit debates had far less movement on the needle than the first round of debates in Miami in June. The Miami debate doubled Kamala Harris’ vote “moving from 6percent of the vote to 12 percent, and Biden’s support dropping 5 percentage points.”
The next round of debates are taking place September 12th and possibly the 13th if enough candidates quality. The qualifications imposed by the Democratic National Committee continue to get stricter. For the third debate, “candidates need to have collected donations from 130,000 people and earned 2 percent of the vote in at least four DNC-approved polls by Aug. 28, among other requirements.
According to Politico, only “eight candidates currently qualify: Biden, Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Sanders and warren.”