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Trump surges in national poll; 60% doubt Biden could even complete a second term

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President Joe Biden continues to lose ground to Donald Trump and is now trailing the former president 45-43 in a head-to-head matchup going into the final year of his first term in the White House. Many are concerned about Biden’s age, with nearly two-thirds of respondents thinking he wouldn’t even be able to finish a second term if elected.

“President Biden may be having a ‘Blue Christmas’ this year given his worsening electoral prospects heading into 2024,” WPA Intelligence executive Amanda Iovino told National Review. “His once 7-point lead over former president Trump in May is now a 2-point deficit as his favorability ratings have sunk to Trump’s levels.”

Biden’s favorability has dropped precipitously since the early summer, with nearly 60 percent of respondents now disapproving of his performance, according to a new poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted by WPA Intelligence and obtained by National Review. While Biden led Trump by 15 points in terms of favorability in May, today, the two candidates have nearly identical ratings. Republicans trailed Democrats by 2 points on a generic ballot in May but now lead by 1 point.

National Review reports that the positive Biden has going for him is that while the former president has retained the support of 91 percent of his 2020 followers, Trump has only managed to persuade 3 percent of Biden voters to join him. Moreover, Trump’s voting base, according to WPA Intelligence, is notably less reliable on Election Day than the bulk of Biden supporters.

Nonetheless, in addition to his age, Biden’s reelection campaign has plenty of dark clouds hovering over him. From his handling of the southern border crisis, government spending, inflation, and the ongoing Israel-Hamas War, with nearly two-thirds of respondents disapproving of the president’s handling of each of those issues. Consequently, independents have swung notably in favor of Trump in recent months, handing him a 7-point edge over Biden.

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Feds tell Just The News ‘Georgia student’s accused killer entered U.S. illegally, was paroled under Biden policies’

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The man who murdered 22 year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley has been confirmed as suspect Jose Ibarra, an illegal Venezuelan immigrant who was released prior to the murder under Biden administration policies.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Sunday that the Venezuelan man was Jose Ibarra. 26 year-old Ibarra entered the U.S. illegally, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents on Sept. 8, 2022, after he unlawfully entered the U.S. near El Paso, Texas, but was “paroled and released for further processing,” ICE said.

Ibarra was arrested again a year later, on Sept. 14, 2023, by NYPD officers and charged with acting in a manner to injure a child under 17 and a motor vehicle license violation, ICE added, reports Just The News.

Riley was murdered near the University of Georgia campus in Athens on Friday was directly impacted by the “liberalization of immigration policies by Democrats”. Just The News adds “Federal immigration officials said the Venezuelan national was released by New York authorities before a detainer could be issued. As a so-called sanctuary city, New York generally prevents police from complying with ICE detainers.”

“The official timeline of Ibarra’s immigration record only renewed ire among Republicans demanding that President Joe Biden tighten border security and that prosecutors deliver  swift justice to Riley’s killer” writes Just The News.

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