*Originally published on RYOT.org on October 21st, 2015 by Sean Sawyer*
Joe Biden will not be the next president of the United States. After months of speculation, he declared on Wednesday that he will not seek the Oval Office.
The question now is to whom Biden’s supporters will go. And this will be very important to the outcome of the Democratic nomination. At the national level, Biden was being polled at 16 percent, which ranked third behind Hillary Clinton at 54 percent and Sanders at 23 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
It’s predicted the majority of Biden’s supporters will now back Clinton because she is their second choice. By reassigning Biden’s supporters, Clinton’s stock shoots up to 64 percent, compared to Sanders, who’s only gaining 2 percentage points up to 25 percent. And this isn’t too much of a shock because both worked closely together in the Obama administration.
The major decision for Biden to run for office was not a political one but rather a personal one. Since his son Beau Biden passed away, the vice president and his family have been grieving. During this time of grieving, Biden did not do much to help himself on the campaign front. His speech today highlighted that fact.
“Unfortunately, I believe that we’re out of time. The time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” he said.
And that is exactly true. Biden was just too late to the party to mount enough support to earn his way to the Oval Office. Clinton and Sanders have been campaigning hard and rallying their troops to earn the Democratic nomination, and were the two stars of the Democratic debate last week with Biden noticeably absent.
Money is also a contributing factor. Clinton has raised $75 million and Sanders has raised $26 million, so it would be tough for Biden to compete with those high numbers, despite having support from a potential Biden super PAC.
When President Barack Obama leaves office, it will most likely end the political career of Biden, but his history in Washington still gives him a large and positive voice within his party. Whether or not Biden would have become president, the vice president will still aid and guide his party.
“I believe we have to end the divisive politics. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. I don’t think it’s naive to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemy. They’re the opposition, not our enemies. Most of all, I believe there’s unlimited possibilities for this country,” he said in regard to the current state of American politics.
Expect Biden to be vocal and influential during the campaign trail, which will now be a two-person highly contested race.