The Democrats just found their newest shiny thing.
And his name is Pete Buttigieg.
But the rising Democratic star will be left weeping after he sees these new poll numbers.
The Democratic field for president of the United States in 2020 is the largest in history.
Over 20 major candidates are vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump next year for control of the White House.
And the Democratic primary process has seen the rise and fall of countless candidates.
But none have seen such a stellar rise as Pete Buttigieg.
The previously unknown South Bend Mayor decided to throw his hat into the ring for president with almost no shot at the nomination.
And now, he’s skyrocketed to the top tier of candidates as “Mayor Pete” quickly becomes the latest flavor of the month for Democrats.
However, Pete has a massive problem looming on the horizon.
He’s likely going to get trounced by President Trump in a general election matchup.
The latest poll numbers aren’t good for Mayor Pete at all.
In fact, it’s likely a sign that his stock has risen too high over the past few weeks.
Rasmussen reports, “South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a political newcomer on the national stage, but he runs a close race with President Trump in a new White House Watch hypothetical 2020 matchup.”
It’s not all that close however, President Trump holds a sizable lead over the South Bend Mayor.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds Trump with 44% support to Buttigieg’s 40% among Likely U.S. Voters. The sizable 16% of undecideds in this survey are likely a reflection of Buttigieg’s lack of name recognition at this early stage,” adds Rasmussen.
“Forty percent (40%) have a favorable opinion of the openly gay mayor, including 16% with a Very Favorable one. Thirty-two percent (32%) view him unfavorably, with 18% who hold a Very Unfavorable view. But 27% don’t know enough about Buttigieg to express even a soft opinion of him.”
While supporters of Pete Buttigieg likely praise the results of the poll as showing their man in a position to compete with Trump in the general election, there’s one caveat that they are leaving out.
No one knows who Pete Buttigieg is.
“By comparison, in previous White House Watch surveys, only five percent (5%) had no opinion of former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, 2020 presidential hopefuls who have been on the national political scene for years. Biden edges Trump in this early matchup. Sanders loses to the incumbent,” adds Rasmussen.
This means that as Buttigieg encounters greater scrutiny going forward, he will inevitably see greater and greater attacks leveled against him from both Republicans and his fellow Democratic primary candidates, who are eager to see one of themselves as the nominee.
As his name ID rises, it’s very likely Buttigieg’s poll numbers will begin to slip in both the primary and general election matchups.
And that means he may end up being one giant flash in the pan.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.