Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer was the last of Democratic presidential candidates to announce his intention to win his party’s nomination to take on President Trump in 2020 but is struggling to make any traction in the crowded field.
In a new poll from USA Today/Suffolk University, Steyer only garnered a single vote or .24% of the polling sample, USA Today reports. Another seven candidates in the poll did not even garner a single vote.
In our new @USATODAY @Suffolk_U poll, @TomSteyer is backed by one respondent, or .24% of the sample–below the 2% threshold he needed to be assured a place at the debate in two weeks. Biden maintains his wide lead https://t.co/mwIVJsDtN6
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) August 28, 2019
Steyer officially announced his presidential bid last month when he claimed none of the other candidates stood a chance against President Trump.
Steyer has operated as a funding force in Democratic politics in recent years, bankrolling candidates and organizations that promote liberal causes, including the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Steyer’s net worth reached $1.6 billion this year according to Forbes, a fortune he began amassing in 1986 when he launched his hedge fund Farallon Capital.
The 2018 House races, which Steyer spent over $100 million on, marked the third consecutive election cycle in which Steyer spent millions supporting Democratic candidates. But it’s Steyer’s efforts to impeach Trump which have made him the most visible, starring in self-funded television commercials in which he calls on Congress to remove the President from office.
The August poll was led by former Vice President Joe Biden with 32 percent of the vote—Biden held the top spot in the June poll, gaining 2 percent since that time. Senator Elizabeth Warren came in second on the new poll with 14 percent, gaining a spot and four points compared to where she was in June. Senator Bernie Sanders dropped to third on the list with 12 percent, losing 3 points since June.
USA Today continues:
Only three other candidates received support above 2%: South Bend (Indiana) Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris, each at 6%, and businessman Andrew Yang at 3%. At 2% were former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
Former Housing Secretary Julian Castro and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan were at 1%. Below 1%, receiving the support of only one or two voters, were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, author Marianne Williamson, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and activist Tom Steyer. Steyer was supported by one person, or .24% of those Democratic voters surveyed, below the 2% threshold he needed to be assured a place at the next Democratic debate in two weeks.
The contenders who did not receive the support of a single one of the 424 likely Democratic voters surveyed included Montana Governor Steve Bullock, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Maryland Rep. John Delaney, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Miramar (Florida) Mayor Wayne Messam and former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak.
The sample of 424 registered voters who plan to vote in the Democratic primaries or caucuses has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.96 percentage points. The sample of 289 voters who plan to vote in the Republican contests has an error margin of 5.76 points.