Daily Beast: Biden Faces Trouble as 19% ‘Uncommitted’ in Minnesota

A recent op-ed from The Daily Beast analyzed President Joe Biden’s performance on Super Tuesday and highlighted how the presence of 19% “uncommitted” voters in Minnesota could pose challenges for him in November.

“Why Minnesota’s ‘Uncommitted’ Vote Is a Real Threat to Biden’s Re-Election,” headlined the article from J. Patrick Coolican.

“Despite no money and a bare-bones, last-minute organization, the ‘Uncommitted’ line pulled nearly 19 percent, as progressive voters sought to send a message to Biden that he needs to change his policy toward Israel and its ongoing war in Gaza if he’s to earn their vote,” wrote Coolican.

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As Minnesota Reformer’s Chris Ingraham reported Wednesday, “Uncommitted” captured a majority in two state House districts in Minneapolis. It also won a plurality of votes in a third. In 15 additional districts the campaign notched at least one quarter of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) vote.

As many others have pointed out, Biden is boxed in: If he were to be perceived as abandoning Israel, he’d lose as much or even more support from crucial Jewish and pro-Israel voters.

The final tally was about 46,000 votes for “uncommitted,” which is an ominous number because Donald Trump lost to Hillary Clinton by about 44,000 votes in 2016.

“I hope this serves as a wakeup call for the Biden folks, and that they make a decision to pour money and resources into the state,” said Jim Manley, a Democrat operative in Minnesota.

In addition to Minnesota, Michigan also presented challenges for Joe Biden on Tuesday night, as over 100,000 voters opted for “uncommitted” in a state with a significant Muslim population, particularly in Dearborn.

“With 95 percent of the vote counted, Biden won the primary with 618,006 votes, which only adds up to 81.1 percent of the total vote — a terrible showing for an incumbent,” Breitbart News reported.

“Those 100,995 ‘uncommitted’ votes add up to 16 percent of Biden’s total vote. In the upcoming presidential election, Biden cannot win this crucial swing state if 16 percent, or even ten percent, of Democrats stay home. By comparison, only 33,383 Republicans voted ‘uncommitted’ — that’s only around four percent of Donald Trump’s vote total of 756,636,” it added.