Michelle Obama Would Win Democratic Nomination Today

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A new survey showed that former first lady Michelle Obama would win the Democratic nomination for president if the primaries were held today.

A Zogby Analytics poll, which was conducted using both telephone and online surveys, showed that of the 682 people polled, Michelle led with 22 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden received 19 percent, while Bernie Sanders took 18 percent.

"Among the democratic base, which consists mainly of women voters, younger voters, voters living in large cities and many minority voters, the former first lady does very well. She receives a quarter of women voters, followed closely by Sanders (21%) and Biden (17%). When it came to millennial voters ages 18-29, Sanders continues to lead with a third of millennial voters, but Michelle Obama is very close with 28%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and vice president Joe Biden only garner four percent each of the all-important millennial vote," Zogby's study read.

The study also showed that Michelle was popular with Hispanic and African American voters, while Biden places second with those groups.

At a speaking event in Orlando, Florida, in April, Michelle seemed to rule out any chance of running for the Oval Office in 2020.

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"It’s all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out," she said, the Orlando Sentinel reported. "Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family … I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because, when you run for higher office, it’s not just you, it’s your whole family."

The former first lady added that there was "so much more" to be done outside of the office of president because there isn't the "burden of political baggage."

During the speaking engagement, she spoke of a project she was working on with her husband called the Barack Obama Presidential Center, which was set to be built on the south side of Chicago.

"We have spent a lot of time looking at structures and models and it’s been a phenomenal experience," she said at the time. "We’re also thinking about what’s going to happen in that building, the programming, what we can do not just for the city of Chicago, but for the country and the world, perhaps."

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Michelle also spoke at the time of her new life as a private citizen.

"So far, so good," she said. "It hasn’t been that long, really. It’s been less than 100 days. I think everybody’s counting 100 days. We’re counting, too."

Leaving the White House wasn't an entirely relieving experience for the former first lady, however. She described becoming very emotional as she and her husband left.

"I didn’t want to have tears in my eyes because people would swear I was crying because of the new president," she said.

Sources: Zogby Analytics, Orlando Sentinel / Featured Image: USDA via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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