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Poll: Biden, Bernie Lead the Democratic Pack of Presidential Hopefuls

Joe Biden (L) and Bernie Sanders (R) are frontrunners for Democrat presidential nominee.
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PENNY STARR

A Morning Consult poll shows Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are leading the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls ahead of the 2020 election.

Biden is at the top of the list, earning 29 percent from likely voters while Sanders came in at 22 percent.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the only one of nine potential or confirmed candidates in the poll that got a double-digit percentage at 13 percent.

The others ranked: Elizabeth Warren, 8 percent; Beto O’Rourke, 7 percent; Cory Booker, 5 percent; Amy Klobuchar, 3 percent; and Michael Bloomberg and Sherrod Brown both 2 percent.

Democrats with only 1 percent of support from respondents include Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, and Eric Holder.

“The figures are broken out among Democratic primary voters nationwide and in early primary states, which includes just voters who live in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada,” the Morning Consult poll reported.

Additional data in the poll shows who voters would turn to if not their first choice: Biden supporters would pick Sanders; Sanders supporters would pick Biden; Harris supporters would pick Biden, and Warren and O’Rourke supporters would pick Bernie.

“Our Democratic Primary results are reported using 11,627 interviews with registered voters who indicate they may vote in the Democratic primary or caucus in their state. For those who say don’t know or no opinion, they are asked to pick a candidate they are leaning towards. Results are reported among first choice and those who lean towards a candidate. The interviews were collected from February 4, 2019, through February 10, 2019, and have a margin of error of [plus or minus] 1 percent.”

The “early primary state” polling was based on surveys of 517 voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, according to Morning Consult.

Morning Consult noted that the poll was published on Tuesday.

In the case of a tie, candidates are ordered alphabetically by last name.

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