The primary election hasn’t really faired well for very many low-polling candidates.
Candidates such as Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill de Blasio, and other low-tier ones dropped out of the race after first sinking in the polls. In the primary season of any election, polling may not be the end-all-be-all, but it certainly makes a difference. Right now, where a Democrat stands in the polls is a significant factor which determines whether or not they make it on debate stages.
However, 2020 Democrat Cory Booker seems to have a different outlook on the importance of election polling. Granted Booker himself is a low-polling candidate and has furthermore failed to qualify for a spot on this month’s debate stage.
Nevertheless, when Booker spoke with the hosts of The Breakfast Club on Wednesday, he made some interesting remarks about polling, per reports from the Washington Examiner.
Why Booker Thinks Polls Don’t Matter
In many regards, Booker’s statements about election polling are simply sour grapes. If the 2020 Democrat were a top-tier candidate and dominating his in-party opponents, he would not be dismissing the importance or validity of polls. However, since the results of the polls are not really in Booker’s favor, denouncing them is very easy for him.
When discussing polling, Booker denounced it as “b*llsh*t,” stating that Democrats who have led in the polls at this point in elections haven’t been the ones to “go on to the White House.” Furthermore, the candidate professed that polls associated with Democrat candidates “do not predict who becomes president.”
To further drive his point home, Booker stated that Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama were each trailing behind candidates during this period in their elections.
How Much Longer Will Booker Last?
Cory Booker’s 2020 presidential campaign has been fraught with low polling, running out of capital, and unsuccessful super PACs. At this point in time, it’s only a matter of time before Booker drops out. He may even decide to give it up before 2020 arrives.
A significant part of running a political campaign means knowing when you’ve lost. Right now, Booker’s lack of appeal and popularity are readily apparent, as is the poor nature of his policies. Throughout his time at a 2020 candidate, Booker has also failed to really distinguish himself from the series of other candidates who are seeking their party’s nomination.
What do you think about Cory Booker’s take on election polling? Do you believe he’ll end his campaign before this year is over? Let us know in the comments section below!