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Minnesota Democrat mulls Biden primary challenge

News of his potential entry into the contest comes as Democrats face headaches over possible third party spoilers, such as the candidacy of left-wing activist Cornel West.

Published: July 28, 2023 3:36pm

A Minnesota Democrat is considering a primary challenge to President Joe Biden, who currently faces two others in his bid for the party nomination in 2024.

Rep. Dean Phillips, The Hill reports, has already begun discussing a potential bid, though one source told the outlet he had not "definitively" chosen to run. Phillips has, however, confirmed that he plans to meet with donors.

Both Hollywood guru Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have entered the race against the incumbent president, though neither have managed to wrest substantial support from him thus far.

The moderate Phillips hails from a reliably Democratic state and has often been critical of the Biden administration. Should he enter the primary, Phillips would become the first congressional lawmaker to challenge the president from within his own party.

News of his potential entry into the contest comes as Democrats face headaches over possible third party spoilers, such as the candidacy of left-wing activist Cornel West. West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, meanwhile, has generated attention as a potential independent candidate.

Minnesota last backed a Republican for president in 1972, supporting the reelection of then-President Richard Nixon. It was the sole state to oppose President Ronald Reagan's reelection in 1984.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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