Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama top Dem picks in 2024 if Biden doesn’t run: poll

Vice President Kamala Harris and former first lady Michelle Obama are the top two picks for the Democratic presidential nomination if President Biden decides not to seek re-election in 2024, according to a survey. 

Harris leads all potential candidates with 13 percent of support from voters, while Obama came in a close second with 10 percent, according to the Hill-HarrisX poll.  

Other likely candidates included Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang.  

They all received 5 percent or less in support from registered voters.  

Still, 36 percent said they were “unsure” who they would vote for and 13 percent said they would go with somebody who was not on the list.  

The White House has said that Biden intends to mount a re-election campaign, which could set up a possible rematch with former President Donald Trump, who hasn’t formally announced a 2024 bid. 

But Biden would be 82 when he is sworn in for a second term, and his job approval ratings have been plummeting since August, because of the dual effects of inflation and the supply chain crisis that have caused prices to soar and made some goods hard to find.  

And there’s always the lingering questions about whether Biden, who is the oldest person to serve as president, is healthy enough to serve a second term. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll surveyed 939 registered voters between Nov. 18-19.  

It has a plus/minus 3.2 percentage points margin of error. 

Two Indian Americans among 50 Forbes Culture Champions 

Two Indian Americans, angel fund investor Mythili Sankaran and Off Their Plate’s development head Serrena A. Iyer, are among Forbes inaugural list of 50 culture champions, honoring Black and Brown industry leaders for their outstanding impact and service in underserved communities.

“The champions on this list are not only driving their respective fields forward, but they’re effecting real change in Black and Brown communities by increasing access to their crafts, using their voices and resources to invest in underserved communities, and intentionally building community to eradicate the racial wealth gap and create Black generational wealth,” said Ali Jackson-Jolley, Assistant Managing Editor, Forbes.

“The For(bes) the Culture 50 Champions list is broken down into three categories: Superstars; Blazing Stars; and Rising Stars.

Strategic leader and angel fund investor, Mythili Sankaran, Cofounder and CEO, neythri.org “created a professional network for South Asian women aimed at connecting them to resources they need,” Forbes said.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Sankaran grew Neythri.org into one of the first professional network organizations for South Asian women in business and launched the Neythri Futures Fund.

Sankaran is also actively involved in several non-profits focused on girls’ education and serves on the Regional Board of Room to Read. She is also a mentor for the Duke Technology Scholars program, and a Global Advisor to How Women Lead.

Serrena A. Iyer, Head of Development, Off Their Plate (OTP), is “Heading up Netflix Animation strategy by day while reimagining ways to fight hunger by night,” as Forbes put it.

OTP is a volunteer corps of professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers and creatives working to build a more equitable food economy by empowering restaurant owners to cook nutritious meals that are donated to food-insecure communities.

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