(theproudrepublic.com) – A Democratic figure who is challenging Joe Biden in a longshot primary campaign confidently told the media on Monday that he believes he has “already won” the New Hampshire primary, a day before the actual voting.
Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who launched his presidential bid in late October, has been vocal about his concerns regarding the lack of diversity in the Democratic primary field.
He has particularly highlighted issues surrounding Biden’s age and electability, especially in the face of Donald Trump’s significant lead in the Republican primary.
The congressman expressed to the media his belief that his campaign represents a moral victory in New Hampshire, providing an alternative to what he perceives as a “weak” candidate in Biden. This sentiment was echoed during a campaign event with the Rotary Club of Nashua, where Phillips emphasized the importance of presenting a new vision for the country.
“I think we’ve already won the New Hampshire primary, because what’s going to happen tomorrow is going to show a weak candidate who’s not electable, and a candidate with momentum going around the country sharing a new vision of getting this country on the right track, common sense and decency,” Phillips stated.
Phillips has dedicated most of his campaign efforts to New Hampshire, where Biden is notably absent from the ballot. This is due to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision to revise the primary calendar, placing South Carolina ahead of New Hampshire. Despite Biden’s absence, a strong write-in campaign in the state supports him.
Phillips’ campaign has launched an initiative called “Not in New Hampshire,” aiming to dissuade voters from writing in Biden’s name on the Tuesday ballot. This includes a TV advertisement featuring Big Foot humorously searching for the president in New Hampshire.
According to the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average, current polls suggest Biden would still clinch the state with 62.7% support as a write-in candidate, with Phillips trailing at 10.7%, followed by self-help author Marianne Williamson at 5.3%. Nationally, Phillips is third behind Biden and Williamson, with only 3.3% in the RCP average.
During his engagement with the Rotary Club of Nashua, Phillips fielded questions on a range of topics, including the economy and foreign policy. He concluded his remarks by seeking the audience’s support in the primary, emphasizing his commitment to truth and challenging the status quo of both major political parties.
Phillips faces challenges in other states like Florida and North Carolina, where the Democratic Parties have only placed Biden on their ballots. He frequently points out the polls showing Trump’s lead over Biden nationally and in key battleground states, as well as the president’s declining approval ratings.
The Biden campaign has not immediately responded to the media’s request for comment on these developments.