Senator Bernie Sanders appears to be leading former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time in the Democratic primary race, according to a new national Emerson College poll released this morning.
Fox News reports,
Biden has not entered the 2020 race, but he has been viewed as the early front-runner amid the crowded primary field. The new poll shows Sanders making significant progress, with support from 29 percent of those polled. Biden garnered support from 24 percent of the field.
Pollsters surveyed registered Democrats over the phone and using an online panel from April 11-14. It’s important to note that the margin of error was listed as +/- 5.2%.
Emerson College Poll: Top choice for the Democratic Nomination for President [4/11/19 to 4/14/19]
The Director of Emerson Polling, Spencer Kimball, noted in the news release that “Biden has seen his support drop. In February, he led Sanders 27% to 17%, and in March the two were tied at 26%. Now, Sanders has a 5 point lead, 29% to 24%.”
This also marks Pete Buttigieg’s best showing in a single national poll. He came in third place with support from 9 percent of those surveyed, ahead of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Senator Kamala Harris. Buttigieg has been surging in recent weeks after barely registering in the earliest polls; Kimball noted that “the numbers had him at 0% in mid-February, 3% in March and now at 9% in April.”
Emerson Polling also predicted that if Biden decided not to enter the race, Sanders would pick up the largest segment of that voting bloc: 31 percent. Another 17 percent would likely switch to Buttigieg while 13 percent would back O’Rourke.
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