Swing state Democrat warms to Biden before crucial Senate election despite president's bad polling

 August 22, 2023

Despite the president's dismal performance in the polls, a Democrat from a swing state is cozying up to Vice President Joe Biden in advance of a crucial Senate contest.

One vulnerable Democrat seeking reelection to the Senate is cozying up to President Joe Biden ahead of what is anticipated to be one of the most closely watched contests in 2024, despite the president's dismal approval rating in the state, Fox News reported.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) responded affirmatively during an interview with The Messenger when asked if she would "happily" campaign alongside Biden in her effort to win over Nevada voters. "I think what we have to talk about are the policies that we put in place."

Rosen's confirmation on multiple occasions that she would campaign alongside Biden in Nevada was cited, along with her frequent promotion of legislation passed with largely party-line support during the administration's first two years, including the controversial Inflation Reduction Act and the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill of 2021.

Biden's Ratings

"When you're an incumbent, you run on how you've been dealing with people, and that's really important," Rosen told the outlet. "We had the message that we were going to deliver, and we have delivered."

Nationally, Biden's approval rating is subpar. According to a recent Fox News poll, 42% of respondents approve of his job performance, while 58% disapprove, for a net negative 16 rating. This is worse than in July, when he was 11 points underwater.

In Nevada, where his approval rating consistently trails his disapproval rating by double digits, he confronts a similar situation, heightening awareness of how close statewide elections have been in recent election cycles.

Rosen defeated former Republican Sen. Dean Heller by 5% in the 2018 midterm elections, a year in which Democrats were significantly anticipated to outperform the GOP, who at the time controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. In 2012, Heller defeated his Democratic opponent by just over 1 percentage point, while the margin of victory in the previous two presidential elections was less than 3 percentage points.

In addition, Republican Adam Laxalt failed by less than 8,000 votes to unseat Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in the midterm elections of 2022.

The 2024 Race

A congested field of Republicans is vying to challenge Rosen, including Afghanistan War veteran Sam Brown, who unsuccessfully ran against Laxalt for the Republican Senate nomination in 2022.

The race could ultimately determine which party will control the Senate in the 2024 election cycle, when the electoral map is widely perceived to be favorable for the Republicans. There are presently three independents caucusing with the Democrats, giving them a one-seat majority.

Consequently, Republicans view the seat as one that is most likely to shift from blue to red. They have no objections to Rosen's willingness to remain close to Biden.

"Jacky Rosen has done nothing to distance herself from Joe Biden despite the fact that he is extremely unpopular in Nevada. Nevadans will hold Rosen accountable for backing the Biden agenda that has emptied their wallets and opened the southern border," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Maggie Abboud said in a statement.

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