BETHESDA, MD – With just over a month until the first votes are cast in the 2020 democratic primaries, the John Delaney is as optimistic as ever, confident that his presidential campaign will finally get off the ground in the coming weeks.
“We’re very confident in Delaney’s 2020 chances,” said Terry Lierman, co-chair of the campaign, adding “but we recognize that we’ve got to kick things into high gear if we’re going to win this thing. We’re certain we can pull it off.”
Although he’s polling at 0.6% nationally and at 0.0% and 0.3% in Iowa and New Hampshire respectively, the campaign insists it has a viable path moving into the March 3 Super Tuesday contests, with campaign officials indicating that a Delaney surge is imminent.
Campaign officials are pointing to the boom and bust cycles of many candidates throughout 2019, including Beto O’Rourke in March, Kamala Harris in July, Elizabeth Warren in October, and Pete Buttigieg in November.
“We see one of two things happening,” explained Delaney’s senior advisor John Davis. “Delaney will begin to surge in early January, propelling him to a strong finish in Iowa and New Hampshire, thus solidifying his chances of a Super Tuesday sweep, or a surge in early February based on a strong third or fourth place finish in Iowa. Either way, we feel very confident.”
While they may feel confident, the campaign is refusing to take anything for granted. Delaney has campaigned in all 99 Iowa counties, met with dozens of voters, and raised hundreds in small, individual donations over the course of the last two months.
Skeptics of Delaney’s chances point to the fact that the candidate has failed to qualify for the last four debates, his poor polling numbers, and the fact that literally no one takes him seriously as a candidate as reasons why he should concede defeat and drop out, but Delaney is not ready to throw in the towel.
“Guess who was polling at 3% in June 1991?” asked Delaney. “That’s right, a little known candidate named Bill Clinton. I’m the comeback kid of 2020, as you can see from this MSDNC poll, and, like Bill Clinton, I’m the best choice to beat an incumbent republican.”
CNN political commentator Chris Cillizza pointed to Delaney’s endurance, saying “John Delaney was first to enter the race way back in July 2018, and while other candidates have risen to the top tier only to come crashing back down, Delaney has maintained a steady average of just under 1%. If he can survive long enough for roadblocks like Warren, Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar, Yang, and Buttigieg to move out of his way, I think he has a real shot.”
As of press time, BeetPress was unable to find any John Delaney supporters for comment, but confirms the candidate was seen tweeting photographs of himself working out in hopes of courting female voters.