US President Joe Biden responds to a question during a press conference a day after the US midterm elections


  • President Joe Biden said he will likely decide on a bid for reelection in 2024 by early next year
  • He said he will seek his family's advice regarding another run
  • Biden called the midterm elections "a good day for democracy" as Democrats exceeded expectations

President Joe Biden is not closing the door on a bid for reelection in 2024, despite midterm exit polls showing that most voters do not want him to run again.

At a post-midterms White House news conference Wednesday, Biden told reporters, "Our intention is to run again. That's been our intention, regardless of what the outcome of this election was," CNN reported.

Biden then fired back at doubters, saying, "Watch me."

An exit poll conducted by Edison Research found that 67% of voters did not want Biden to seek reelection in 2024 and only 30% voiced support for a second term. His intention to run again was met with skepticism given his low approval ratings and the fact that he turns 80 later this month.

The President said he will seek his family's advice regarding a bid for reelection.

"I hope Jill and I get a little time to actually sneak away for a week around, between Christmas and Thanksgiving," Biden said.

Biden, who described himself as "a great respecter of fate," also hinted that he will likely decide early next year whether to seek a second term.

Biden was asked who between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would be his toughest challenger in the 2024 presidential race should he decide to run for reelection.

"It'd be fun watching them take on each other," Biden responded.

Some Democratic strategists said they believe Biden will launch another bid for the White House, buoyed by better-than-expected midterm results for the party.

Jennifer Holdsworth, a Democratic strategist, told Reuters she believes the President would be reelected should he run in 2024. She argued that Biden "led a tremendously successful administration" and that Republican pundits are underestimating him.

While control of both chambers of Congress is still to be decided, Biden called the Tuesday election "a good day for democracy" during his press conference.

The President also took potshots at the press and pundits for predicting a Republican "red wave" that didn't materialize.

Democrats defied expectations in the polls as they successfully defended some of their crucial House seats and even flipped districts held by the GOP. Some experts still believe that Republicans are likely to take control of the House but by razor-thin seats.

In the battle for Senate control, Democratic candidate and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is projected to win against Republican candidate Mehmet Oz.

Georgia's Senate race is headed for a runoff on Dec. 6 as both Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker failed to clinch the necessary 50% to win outright the seat.

Senate elections in the battleground states of Arizona and Nevada are yet to be called as of this writing.

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive for an election eve rally at Bowie State University in Maryland on November 7, 2022