YSU professor weighs in on Biden announcement

Paul Sracic, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University, talked to WKBN about Vice President Joe Biden's decision not to run for president.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local Democrats are hypothesizing what Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement may mean for the Valley.

On Wednesday, Biden formally announced he would not run for president next year.

The Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University said Biden’s announcement will not likely divide the Democrats here in the Valley, but the biggest obstacle for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to win the White House will be voter turnout in the Valley.

“The Clintons have historically been fairly popular in this area. I guess the worry is, you need a really large enthusiastic turnout from an area like this if the Democrats have any hope to win Ohio,” said Paul Sracic.

Sracic said another deciding factor will depend on who is chosen as the Republican candidate. That is because Donald Trump has a lot of supporters from the working class, as well.

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