Monday, June 10, 2019
Catrena Norris Carter is a bundle of conflicting impulses. As a black woman, she's delighted with Kamala Harris' presidential bid. As a liberal activist, she's thrilled with Elizabeth Warren's groaning board of progressive policy proposals. But as someone consumed with defeating President Trump, Carter is determined to think with her head, not her heart, and that cold calculation is pushing her toward Joe Biden among the crowded 2020 Democratic field.
The former vice president may not excite her like some candidates. But he boasts one asset that, to Carter's mind, surpasses all others: As a white male firmly embedded in the political establishment, Biden -- more than a female or black candidate -- stands the best chance of winning the White House.
"They are so sick and tired of being sick and tired of Trump, there's this almost unconscious feeling they're going to go with the candidate that is more likely to beat him," said Ron Lester, a Washington pollster who has spent decades surveying the attitudes of black voters.
For many, Lester said, "that is probably a white male," given their deep-seated belief "that America is still a very racist place and a very misogynistic place and that a candidate who doesn't get any white votes is probably going to lose."
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