Biden could run for president in 2020, poll finds

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Vice President Joe Biden may be on track to keep his seat for an 18th term.

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday found nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania voters, 64%, saying Biden would be their choice for president in 2020.

But a week after Barack Obama said he won't be running for the White House again, voters are divided over how Biden should handle his political future, with 45% saying he should run for president again and 49% saying he should not.

Joe Biden has a net favorable rating in the poll. The number of voters who view him favorably remains little changed from when the AP-NORC poll was conducted in September.

When Biden last ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, he was a long shot. But he waged a long and personal pursuit, bottling up Democratic support and earning much attention in an attempt to overcome his inevitable underdog status.

But the Trump phenomenon upended the campaign and led Biden to withdraw.

Poll respondents were asked, “Do you think that Joe Biden should seek the Democratic nomination for president again in 2020?” The poll found that 40% said he should run, while 48% said he should not.

A spike in Obama's approval ratings has opened the door for a Democratic field that includes Biden but not Obama.

Obama's favorability rating among Pennsylvania voters is nearly identical to Biden's with 49% having a favorable view of the former president, while 47% view him unfavorably.

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