So much for the Oprah buzz

Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner highlights polling data that suggest media superstar Oprah Winfrey might want to think twice about a presidential bid.

More than half of U.S. voters want Oprah Winfrey to stay out of the 2020 presidential race, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.

The Jan. 11-16 survey found 24 percent of registered voters want Winfrey to jump into the next presidential election, while 59 percent say she should stay out of the political race. Another 17 percent had no opinion.

Blacks are Winfrey’s biggest group of supporters, and even in that group, less than half — 44 percent — think she should run.

Speculation about a run by Winfrey peaked after her Golden Globes award speech, in part because her partner, Stedman Graham, seemed to say she was ready to do it.

But a friend of theirs said later that Graham misunderstood the question, and was answering whether he thought she would be a good president.

If the entertainment mogul does choose to run as a Democratic candidate, she will face a tough primary against former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The poll said Biden enjoys a 54-31 lead when matched up against Winfrey, and Sanders leads her 46-37.

Winfrey does have an advantage over two leading female Democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

In a matchup against President Trump, however, Winfrey has a narrow 40-38 lead, and she leads any generic Republican candidate 32-31, which is within the poll’s margin of error.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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