Biden maintains double-digit lead, Sanders in second: poll

A new Morning Consult poll shows former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE with a 12-point lead nationally over the rest of the 2020 Democratic primary field as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) has moved into second place.

According to the poll, among Democratic primary voters, Biden led Democratic presidential candidates with 32 percent of the votes, followed by Sanders at 20 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) placing third with 17 percent. 

No other Democratic candidate polled in double digits.


Biden also had a double-digit lead in the same poll last month, but Warren was the runner-up in that survey, 2 points ahead of Sanders.

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The poll released Tuesday also specified results in early primary states Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

In this subset of Democratic voters, Biden’s (29 percent) lead over Sanders (18 percent) and Warren (17 percent) was slightly less and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE broke into double digits with the support of 10 percent of respondents.

In a recent Des Moines Register/CNN poll, Buttigieg, who has recently enjoyed a strong surge in Iowa, home of the nation’s first presidential caucuses, leads Warren by 9 points. Biden and Sanders both trail by 10 points in the Hawkeye State.

However, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows Biden with a massive lead in South Carolina (33 percent) over Warren (13 percent), Sanders (11 percent) and Buttigieg (6 percent).

Morning Consult’s latest poll is based on interviews with 17,050 Democratic voters conducted Nov. 11-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point for the national results and plus or minus 4 percentage points for the early primary state voters.

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