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Super Tuesday, the State of the Union: Campaign Opportunities

From Super Tuesday primaries to President Biden’s third State of the Union address, the U.S. will be chocked-full of major political events this week.

With both frontrunner GOP candidate and former President Trump and President Biden visiting the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, Feb. 29, campaign wars are now in full swing as both candidates prepare for the Super Tuesday primary elections.

Super Tuesday consists of voting in fifteen states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia) and one territory (American Samoa).

Both candidates await Super Tuesday as the massive primary events cement the delegates each candidate needs to acquire to hop on their campaign trails for November. 

Many see the Super Tuesday elections as the end of the Republican primary, allowing Trump to ramp up his campaign actions as he officially merges with the Republican National Committee, where more fundraisers and donation efforts can be held.

“Sixteen states will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in presidential primaries. While Trump and Biden are on a collision course for a rematch in November, Tuesday’s results will allocate enough delegates to solidify that reality…The former president’s team has projected he will secure the 1,215 delegates needed to become the presumptive nominee by March 19 at the latest.

“Once Trump is the presumptive nominee, his campaign can more formally merge with the Republican National Committee (RNC), opening up joint fundraising opportunities, allowing them to share data and other resources, and potentially cracking the door to the RNC helping with Trump’s legal bills,” according to The Hill.

Even though President Biden is all but guaranteed to win the nomination from the Democratic Party, the Delaware native has many uphill campaign battles to face before November.

The American populace, along with many Democratic voters, is concerned about Biden’s mental acuity and ability to execute the duties of Commander-in-Chief.

“Biden is hoping to energize his campaign amid persistent questions about whether the 81-year-old is too old for the job.

“About six in 10 people who voted for Biden in 2020 now say he’s too old to be effective, according to results of a headline-making New York Times/Siena College poll released over the weekend,” according to New York Daily News.

Despite Biden’s low approval ratings, the Democratic Party and Biden’s allies are all confident he will be able to improve his statistics with a State of the Union address to Congress this week.

“House Speaker Mike Johnson formally invited Mr. Biden on Saturday to address the joint session of Congress on March 7, 2024, to deliver the State of the Union, and Mr. Biden posted on X that he’s ‘looking forward to it.’ It will be Mr. Biden’s third State of the Union, since a president’s first speech before a joint session of Congress is not officially a State of the Union address. 

“The 2024 State of the Union will be just two days after Super Tuesday, which will help give a clearer indication of what Mr. Biden will face in the 2024 general election,” according to CBS News.

For any sitting president, the State of the Union is usually an informal marker for the start of the incumbent’s campaign, which the Biden team has already voiced they are ready to head on.

The Biden campaign’s eagerness is mostly due to President Trump’s polling numbers being up in key swing states integral to a 2024 victory. 

However, President Biden still holds a small enough lead in some swing states, which are looking to be increasingly narrow battleground states in November — Biden is eager to get to campaigning to reinforce his slight lead in these areas:

“Polling has shown Trump ahead of Biden in key swing states like Michigan, Arizona and Georgia, with Biden ahead in Pennsylvania and the two candidates neck-and-neck in Wisconsin,” according to The Hill.

America, stay tuned this week and go vote on Super Tuesday if applicable. Some of the biggest political players in the nation are aiming to grow their bases and resonate their messages as political opportunities present themselves, ripe for the plunder.

The State of the Union address to Congress by President Biden will be held on March 7.

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