Has the Biden Fade Finally Begun?

Is the slip in the polls the left has been hoping for finally here?

Lauren Elizabeth
4 min readAug 18, 2019


Photo via Joe Biden on Instagram

In the midst of a full and contentious Democratic Primary, Joe Biden’s debate performances have been lackluster to put it kindly. Unfortunately for him, his campaign appearances in between, especially more recently, have not boded so well for him either.

It’s no secret that many across the political spectrum have begun to take notice that Biden’s mind seems to have aged. Significantly. Recently, Biden put this on full display when he confused the locations of the two most recent mass shootings, and said “poor kids are just as smart as white kids”. While those two instances might have been a gaffe and a window in to his mindset, perhaps the most recent clear sign of cognitive deterioration came when he declared that he was Vice President during the Parkland school shooting, and met with the survivors. As we all know, he had in fact been out of office for over a year.

Well, shock polls out of Iowa seem to indicate that voters could be beginning to take notice of these issues.

According to Mediaite:

“The Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll showed Warren with a commanding lead in the Iowa Caucus, with 28% of likely Iowa caucus-goers in the poll choosing her. This is an 11-point lead over her nearest competitors, according to Iowa Starting Line.”

While I’m wary of any poll showing such a drastic change from what we have seen to be true, it’s certainly important to keep in mind that it could be a clear indication that the tides appear to be changing, and Joe Biden may no longer be the clear favorite to win the nomination. While Elizabeth Warren apparently gaining significant ground in Iowa and in national polls, Bernie Sanders is leading in New Hampshire and is also performing well in national polls. We should also note that his diverse, broad cross country voting demographics are a window in to the strength of his campaign as well. There’s no doubt that both Sanders and Warren are emerging as forces to be reckoned with, each with their own unique niches and appeals.

All of these signs beg the question: Has the slip in Biden’s poll numbers finally begun to take hold? Will we finally see him fall in to…



Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx