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Reeher Quoted in Newsweek and USA Today Articles on Presidential Candidates Biden and Trump

January 19, 2024

Newsweek,USA Today

Grant Reeher

Grant Reeher

An Associated Press/NORC poll conducted from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 found slightly over 50% of Americans feeling somewhat or very dissatisfied if Trump was the Republican nominee and Biden ended up as the Democratic party’s pick. And although many voters overall are unhappy with the choices, there is strong support for both candidates within each party.

“There would have to be a revolt of massive proportions within the party to keep a sitting president from being the nominee,” Grant Reeher, professor of political science and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, tells USA Today. “One has to go back to the Vietnam War and Lyndon Johnson to find anything approaching this.”

The fact that Biden beat Trump by a narrow margin in 2020 also makes Democratic leaders, strategists, donors and voters “more risk-averse” and “less willing to entertain a change,” says Reeher.

In the Newsweek article, "Donald Trump's Legal Spectacle Comes at Perfect Time for Former President," Reeher says that Trump will continue to use his legal difficulties to rile up his MAGA base. However, he adds that it remains to be seen if this will ultimately damage Trump's White House ambitions.

"These apparent setbacks seem to animate his core supporters, whose backing runs very deep," Reeher says. "And indeed to them the problems seem to confirm Trump's claims of Democratic Party conspiracies and an us-against-the-world mindset."

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