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Gretchen Whitmer

The calendar may still read 2023, but political wonks and aspiring candidates are reading 2024. At the presidential level, a majority of Washington Democrats – 69 percent  – now say President Joe Biden is the party’s best option to win the 2024 presidential election, according to Punchbowl News. Their second choice? None other than our own governor. Despite the fact that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has stated repeatedly that she is not planning to run, 49 percent of Dems responding to the poll picked Whitmer, with Vice President Kamala Harris coming in third with 35 percent. California Governor Gavin Newsom narrowly trailed her with 34 percent of the respondents’ support. Progressive candidates found no favor amongst Democrats at this point, with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) only getting one percent of support while Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) received two percent. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) got zero. Another Whitmer is gaining attention as well – for a battleground Westchester, New York congressional district. Word is Big Gretch’s sister, Liz Whitmer Gereghty,  is eyeing a run for this seat, currently held by GOP Rep. Mike Lawler, who surprisingly flipped the seat in 2022.

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