As the Democratic candidate for the upcoming general election, Joe Biden is not likely to be easily replaced. While it’s possible for him to step down or become physically unable to run, Democrats would face significant challenges in choosing a new candidate until the primaries have ended.
If Biden were to retire, his decision would need to come after the primaries, which end on June 4. The vice president, Kamala Harris, could be a potential candidate but may face resistance due to questions about her ability to inspire confidence. Governors Gavin Newsom and JB Pritzker are also in positions to leverage their support and position themselves as successors.
The situation is similar for Republicans with Donald Trump being the likely candidate who is approaching election age limitations and facing legal issues that could affect his eligibility. With weakened national parties, both parties lack mechanisms to sway their candidates from continuing their campaigns. Ultimately, replacing either Biden or Trump will not be an easy task and will require careful planning and execution by Democrats or Republicans alike.