New Quinnipiac poll: Everyone beats Trump, because everyone is electable

Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, listen during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s on September 27, 2018 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Tom Williams / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOM WILLIAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Both Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris would defeat Trump. And all the other Dems would, too.

We are a polarized nation, and as such, the actual candidates themselves hardly matter anymore. We could nominate a mealworm, and it would get numbers similar to these, according to the latest general-election matchup poll by Quinnipiac University

    Biden 53, Trump 40

    Sanders 51, Trump 42

    Harris 49, Trump 41

    Warren 49, Trump 42

    Buttigieg 47, Trump 42

    Booker 47, Trump 42

The key here isn’t the Democrats’ number (those are mostly driven by name recognition): it’s Trump’s. He’s maxed out at 42%. And with universal name recognition and a polarized electorate, how does he rise above that? 

Of course, we don’t have a national election, but he barely squeaked through with a 3% popular-vote deficit in 2016. Even 4% down makes an Electoral College victory near impossible. Five percent or more? Forget it. 

Meanwhile, Texas is competitive (thanks Beto!), while states like Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin look increasingly good for us. While this will still be a brutally difficult fight, it’s better to be us than him. 

Also, in general, it’s always better to be us than him.

Bottom line? Support whoever you like, and not because you think someone will or won’t run better against Trump. 

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