Tuesday marked another significant night for Democrats.
A year after turning the tide in the 2022 midterms, Democrats once again celebrated major victories on Election Day 2023. The party received a considerable boost amid ongoing economic concerns and international crises spanning Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Democratic Governor Andy Beshear easily secured re-election in the traditionally Republican state of Kentucky. Meanwhile, Democrats gained full control of the state legislature in Virginia, expanded legislative majorities in New Jersey, secured a state Supreme Court seat in the battleground of Pennsylvania, and passed an Ohio referendum enshrining abortion rights in the state’s constitution.
For President Biden, who has been grappling with doubts about his re-election prospects following recent polls showing him trailing former President Donald Trump in a potential 2024 rematch, these electoral successes are viewed as a much-needed morale boost.
In a social media post and text for fundraising on Tuesday night, the president expressed, “Across the country tonight, democracy won and MAGA lost. Voters vote. Polls don’t. Now let’s go win next year.”
Despite concerns about his re-election, Biden’s campaign contends that voters consistently support his and the Democrats’ vision, particularly in the face of challenges posed by conservative Supreme Court appointments. The campaign is confident that this choice will resonate with voters in the upcoming November elections.
Even though Biden wasn’t directly on the 2023 campaign trail, Democratic National Committee member Maria Cardona argued that the president, as the head of the Democratic Party, played a pivotal role in pushing the party’s agenda. She emphasized that this contrast allowed Democrats to secure victories nationwide.
While Democratic operative Joe Caizzo acknowledged the rejection of radicalism by voters, he recognized that Democrats have work to do before the next elections. Caizzo believes that once the campaign intensifies and voters receive a clear message about Biden’s accomplishments for working families, his popularity will rise.
Despite not being actively involved in the 2023 campaign, Beshear managed to secure re-election by maintaining a distance from the national Democratic leadership.
Recent polls indicate rising concerns within the Democratic ranks about Biden’s age, with some suggesting he should step aside in 2024. Despite setbacks for the GOP on Tuesday, Republicans see an opportunity in 2024 with Biden as the Democratic standard-bearer.
Republican consultant David Kochel highlighted Biden’s polling troubles, describing the president as a disadvantage for Democrats in 2024. Meanwhile, Republican communicator and strategist Ryan Williams emphasized that Biden’s re-election campaign hinges on public perception of him, rather than specific issues.