What happens if Joe Biden is not the Democratic presidential nominee

President Joe Biden has been adamant that, despite his widely panned performance in the first presidential debate against Donald Trump, he will nevertheless continue running for a second term in office. Defying a growing chorus of Democratic figures demanding he step aside for the good of the country, “the bottom line here is that we’re not going anywhere,” said Biden in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” 

Biden’s refusal to entertain leaving the race has done nothing to tamp down concerns that, at 81, he is simply not the politician he was when he defeated Trump four years ago. Betting markets have already begun circling around Vice President Kamala Harris as a replacement candidate. At the same time, major campaign donors have started “wielding their fortunes as both carrot and stick” to convince Biden to stand aside,” The New York Times said. No matter how much the president and his team have worked to move past worries around his age and mental acuity, it’s clear that a sizable portion of Biden’s base remains deeply unconvinced. 

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