Democrats bicker over Biden ahead of Michigan primary

by ian

Residents of Michigan are gearing up today to vote in their state’s primary elections. But a campaign against President Joe Biden might seriously hinder his ability to drum up support.

Some Democrat Michigan voters are calling for their fellow citizens to vote “uncommitted” in their party’s primary rather than supporting the current president. The “uncommitted” campaign is largely driven by Michigan’s Arab and Muslim American community.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’s Michigan chapter, said this community is “really energized” politically and is aware of their voting power. He explained that “a majority of Michigan Muslims are arguably disgusted with” how the Biden administration has handled the war in Gaza.

As such, there is little to nothing Biden can do to change their minds – and many will be participating in the campaign. This campaign was previously pushed by Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who was featured in a video from “Listen to Michigan” calling for voters to say they are “uncommitted” in the primary.

But other Democrats in the state are calling for unity, most notably Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Governor Whitmer, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” told citizens that it was important to vote for Biden because any vote cast otherwise “supports a second Trump term.”

Whitmer admitted, however, that she is uncertain of how much traction the campaign has in her state. According to a newly released poll from Emerson College and The Hill, the campaign could have enough sway to prove embarrassing for Biden. As it stands according to this data,

In the Democratic Primary, 75% support President Biden, 5% Dean Phillips, 9% plan to vote “uncommitted” on the ballot, and 12% are undecided. With the 12% undecided pushed to ask which candidate they lean toward, Biden’s support increases to 77%, Phillips to 7%, and “uncommitted” increases to 16%.

Furthermore, 28% of voters under 30 are planning to vote uncommitted. If this proves true, it would be a harrowing sign for Biden that he is losing the younger voting demographic.

Still, Biden is expected to walk away from the primary as the overall winner on the Democrat side. Republicans, meanwhile, expect former President Donald Trump to again cruise to an easy victory over his only competitor, Nikki Haley.