Joe Biden, a US presidential front-runner in trouble

Joe Biden, a US presidential front-runner in trouble

Joe Biden, a US presidential front-runner in trouble

By / USA News / Monday, 10 February 2020 06:05

After suffering a drubbing in Iowa and bizarrely conceding he will likely lose New Hampshire’s Democratic primary next Tuesday, Joe Biden is under immense pressure to turn his floundering US presidential campaign around.

The 77-year-old moderate is being eclipsed on the campaign trail by mostly younger candidates with sharper stump speeches, more hustle, and telegenic debate performances.

An average of polling in New Hampshire, which votes Tuesday in the first-in-the-nation primary, shows Biden plunging from first place to third, behind Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

“To not be concerned I think would be foolish,” acknowledged Biden-backer Will Johnson, a 23-year-old law student from northern Pittsburgh, said in one of several conversations voters had with AFP about the candidate.

“Hopefully a more concerted effort is made by the campaign to really push out the vote and get people to support Biden,” he said, adding Biden was “the best shot we have” at defeating President Donald Trump in November.

The big crowds, however, are going to Buttigieg, 38, and Sanders, 78, the two candidates who won the most votes in Iowa and are leading in New Hampshire.

He and his other son Hunter were drawn into the Trump impeachment saga, with the president pressuring Ukraine to investigate them over Hunter’s involvement with a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was vice president.

No evidence of wrongdoing has emerged. But Trump has blasted the Bidens as corrupt, and some Republicans have repeatedly labeled the younger Biden’s board position as a conflict of interest.

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