The 2020 presidential primary election held in the Iowa Caucuses brought forward surprising results. Former Vice President Joe Biden, considered to be a mainstream economic liberal and a major challenger against the Republican face, lacked behind the three Democratic hopefuls in the results.
It appears as if Biden’s popularity is consequently falling with each passing day. Despite getting huge support during the recent polling, the preliminary results released on Tuesday evening showed that he fell short of the votes in the caucuses and came fourth with about 13 percent of the votes.
Biden came in behind Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. As of Tuesday evening, both Sanders and Buttigieg led with 62 percent of precincts reporting.
Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang and many other Democratic hopefuls were found behind Joe Biden in Iowa Caucuses election results, which came after an approximately 20-hour delay as a result of a malfunctioning mobile app.
The critics believe that there could be several reasons behind Biden’s popularity declining. One of the major reasons could be his popularity amongst older and black Democratic voters, who are less likely to participate in a caucus than they are to vote. So, Iowa Caucuses contest appears to be a win-win case for the candidates, who were supported by young and progressive voters.
A poll on Tuesday stated that unlike the 42 percent of the population, which is determined to bring in the candidate who agrees with them on the pertaining issues, 56 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning respondents are supporting those whom they think have the best chance of beating the Republicans.
Post releasing his presidential campaign in April, last year, Joe Biden entered the race with very high name recognition and led most of the national polls. But his poor performance in the Iowa caucuses has raised concerns from his supporters, who are well aware of the fact that this is Biden’s third attempt of seeking presidential elections.
Two of Biden’s previous attempts failed to get him closer to the presidential race. In 1988 Democratic Party primaries, Biden was found involved in a scandal, which led to his withdrawal from the race. While in 2008, he withdrew from the race after experiencing a poor performance in the Iowa caucus.
Currently, Biden’s stance and his policies on climate crisis, student debts, nuclear power, abortion rights and Medicare for All are trending amongst the Democratic voters. As he is considered the strongest general election candidate amongst all, his supporters are still cheering for him and do not want him to forfeit because of his failure to lead the Iowa caucuses results.