As the Democratic candidate for the upcoming general election, Joe Biden is unlikely to be replaced unless he voluntarily steps down or becomes physically unable to run for president. Despite the possibility of his retirement, convincing him to do so will not be easy. He must leave the race on his own terms and with dignity.
If Biden were to retire, a new battle for his replacement would begin among potential successors such as Kamala Harris, governors Gavin Newsom and JB Pritzker. However, Harris may face resistance due to questions about her ability to inspire confidence.
The vice president’s decision could have serious logistical challenges for Democrats if she were to leave the race at a late date when early voting has already begun in some states. Both parties are facing similar challenges as Donald Trump approaches election age limitations and legal issues that could affect his eligibility to run for president. Ultimately, due to weakened national parties, there are few candidates of stature who could easily replace either Biden or Trump.