Mo Elleithee, a former Democratic Party official and executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, told BuzzFeed News that Booker and Harris symbolize, in their own ways, what Obama had represented: a politician who personifies generations of black Americans’ hopes and dreams. But Elliethee said that Biden continues to benefit from the goodwill of people who long for that Obama-era nostalgia.

“In many ways, he tries to embrace it by reminding people that the journey that they helped start together is not over,” said Elleithee, who believes that the decision before black voters is to whom they want to pass the baton.

“People feel good about all three of them, and they all have very compelling cases to make. The question is, Who do they believe is the most effective baton carrier?” he said.