Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama and Gavin Newsom: the Democratic Party's shadow candidates?

The list of candidates for the Democratic primaries is short, and some analyses suggest that all three will run for the White House.

Fifteen months remain before voters choose their new president, but it remains to be determined which two candidates are chosen in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

The list of candidates for the Republican Party's primary race is long, but it is not so long for the Democratic Party. Focusing on the blue side, there are four who have already made their candidacy official: Joe Biden, Marianne Williamson, Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. and the controversial Joe Maldonado. Aside from these four, other names appear among the possible contenders: Vice President Kamala Harris, former First Lady Michelle Obama and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris represents the most radical wing of the Biden administration. Recently, she has once again demonstrated her devotion to the woke agenda. She put it aside for a very brief period of time in the first months of her vice presidency. If she runs and wins the primary and the election, she would be the 16th vice president to ascend to the presidency.

This, however, would not be the only way to assume the head of state. In the event that she is again Joe Biden's running mate and the duo wins re-election, if at any point during the term of office the president cannot remain at the helm, whether it be because of incapacity, death, removal from office, resignation, or inability to hold office, it would be Harris who would inhabit the Oval Office, as stipulates the Constitution and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947. She would be the first woman president in U.S. history.

President Joe Biden exchanges words with Vice President Kamala Harris during a reception.
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Harris has not even earned the support of half of Democratic voters, something she is unable to reverse. According to the latest poll, 44% of voters would support her if Biden were not to remain at the helm of the federal administration. On the other hand, if the former California senator were to win the Democratic primary, she would have less support in the presidential election than Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis, two of her hypothetical rivals. Finally, she is the worst-rated vice president of the last three decades.

She does not have the support of the majority of the Democratic electorate, but she has earned support from private organizations that promote politicians, such as the pro-abortion EMILY's List. In June, it was disclosed that this Political Action Committee (PAC) would give Harris tens of millions of dollars to improve her image and endorse her. This would be an unprecedented investment for a sitting vice president, all because she is a strong advocate of abortion rights. These funds would be essential for Harris. If she receives them, it would be a clear sign that she is running in the Democratic primaries.

Michelle Obama

She already knows what it's like to reside in the White House, doing so between 2009 and 2017. But not as president, but as first lady. The wife of former President Barack Obama could be the first woman to become president, a case similar to that of Kamala Harris.

This is not the first time that a possible candidacy has been rumored. For the 2020 presidential election, there was speculation that Michelle Obama would run, something that the former first lady ruled out: "There is zero chance. There are many ways to improve this country and build a better world, and I continue to do many of them, from working with young people to helping families lead healthier lives. But sitting behind the Oval Office desk will never be one of them. It's not for me," she said in a pre-election interview.

Michelle Obama and Joe Biden when they were First Lady and Vice President of the United States respectively.
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However, within the Democratic ranks she has always been held in high esteem, and some analysts speculate that she will run. Michelle Obama was in charge of the Democratic National Convention speech in 2016 and 2020, the latter via video, and she is the author of her own best-selling autobiography called "Becoming." These were two actions that her husband also did before running to lead the federal administration, so it could be interpreted as a statement of intent by the former first lady.

Some say that Michelle Obama's entry into the White House would be to continue handing over the reigns to Barack Obama. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, some believe, ironically, that the former president is still in charge in the Oval Office, giving instructions to his former Vice President Joe Biden.

Gavin Newsom

The California governor has no experience at the highest echelon of U.S. politics, just like Michelle Obama, but it would be foolish not to think that Gavin Newsom has an interest in entering the race to be the Democratic nominee for the presidential election. Some of America's most recognized leading political analysts such as Tucker Carlson see this as very likely to happen.

Newsom has shown his affinity for policies that Democrats are trying to impose, such as gun control, abortion advocacy or the push for green energy and gun control. He also has considerable sympathy for the woke agenda, which was evidenced when he fined a school district more than $1.5 million for rejecting a curriculum that included an LGBT book.

California Governor Gavin Newsom with U.S. President Joe Biden.
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There is a hint as to why Gavin Newsom is likely to make his candidacy official in the near future. The California governor is pursuing different personal strategies to be one of Joe Biden's rivals in the Democratic primaries. Many, if not all, will go through a Political Action Committee (PAC) he founded in March called the Newsom Democracy Campaign. Newsom's purposes through that PAC are to create a constitutional amendment for gun control and to take on Republican governors from other states.

In addition, Newsom agreed to debate Republican candidate Ron DeSantis: two opposing models of politics and ideology.