A Democrat U.S. Senate candidate has reportedly “expressed concern” that President Joe Biden’s unpopularity among voters will jeopardize her 2024 campaign.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) is running for the Senate in next year’s elections.
However, Slotkin “has expressed concern to allies that she may not be able to win her race if Biden is at the top of the ticket,” the Washington Post reported.
The Post’s report cites “people familiar with the conversations.”
Slotkin has refused to confirm the sentiment publicly, however.
A spokesman for Slotkin’s campaign told the newspaper that she “looks forward to running with President Biden.”
The news comes amid mounting concern about Biden from within his own party.
A recent survey found just one in four Michigan Democrats were enthusiastic about Biden being the 2024 party nominee.
In 2020, Biden only narrowly won Michigan over President Donald Trump.
The state was one of several battlegrounds that fell to Biden that year.
The Post’s article, titled “Biden said to be increasingly frustrated by dismal poll numbers,” put a spotlight on the president’s struggles.
According to the report, Biden blasted aides last month over his consistently low numbers.
He tersely told staffers that he wants a plan going into 2024.
“After pardoning a pair of turkeys, an annual White House tradition, Biden delivered some stern words for the small group assembled: His poll numbers were unacceptably low and he wanted to know what his team and his campaign were doing about it,” the Post’s report continued.
“He complained that his economic message had done little to move the ball, even as the economy was growing and unemployment was falling, according to people familiar with his comments, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation.”
Before noting that Slotkin is also concerned, the Post reported that “the president and first lady Jill Biden have told aides and friends they are frustrated by the president’s low approval rating and the polls that show him trailing former president Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination — and in recent weeks, they have grown upset that they are not making more progress.”
Meanwhile, President Trump leads Biden 47% to 43% in a hypothetical ballot between only those two candidates.
Trump also leads 37% to 31% in a hypothetical ballot with five independent candidates, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal poll released Saturday.
The president’s sagging numbers against Trump also come as voters gave Biden low approval marks.
Only 23% of respondents say Biden’s policies have helped them personally.
Meanwhile, 53% say they have been hurt by the president’s policies.