A Pennsylvania man told NBC News that he would vote for President Biden “even if he was dead” when presented with the likely possibility of a rematch with former President Donald Trump in 2024. Meet The Press host Kristen Welker asked a panel of four Pennsylvania voters whether there was any chance they would stay home in 2024. One man immediately shook his head, saying that he “loves American Democracy too much.”
“If it’s a Biden and Trump race, then I would vote for Biden even if he was dead,” the man declared. He then claimed to be a Republican. Depending on where the man resides in Pennsylvania, he may have some experience with voting for a deceased candidate.
Last year, Pennsylvania State Rep. Anthony “Tony” DeLuca, Pennsylvania’s longest serving representative, was re-elected in a landslide despite the fact that he passed away a month before the election. “While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously,” the Pennsylvania House Democratic campaign committee said in a tweet at the time.
As for President Biden’s hopes to carry Pennsylvania once again, a recent poll from Quinnipiac found him trailing former President Trump by two percentage points in a hypothetical 2024 rematch. Biden’s approval rating is also underwater in the Keystone State by 16 percentage points, with just 39 percent of voters approving of the president’s job performance.
Biden narrowly won the state by a couple thousand votes in 2020.