The decision to replace Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate for the upcoming general election is not an easy one. While it is difficult to envision a viable candidate other than Biden at this time, if he decides to step down or become physically unable to run for president, Democrats would face a challenge in choosing a new candidate.
If Biden were to retire, his successor would need to be chosen carefully. Kamala Harris, the vice president, could be a potential candidate but may face resistance due to questions about her ability to inspire confidence. Other potential candidates such as governors Gavin Newsom and JB Pritzker are in positions to leverage the situation to their advantage.
However, if Biden were to leave the race at a late date, Democrats would be faced with serious logistical challenges. They would be forced to select a new nominee at a time when early voting has already begun in some states. This could lead to confusion and disruption of the voting process.
Similarly, Donald Trump is also approaching election age limitations and has faced legal issues that could affect his eligibility to run for president. Both parties are facing similar challenges when it comes to replacing their current leaders. Ultimately, due to weakened national parties, there are few candidates of stature who could easily replace either Biden or Trump. Both parties have few mechanisms to sway their candidates from continuing their campaigns.