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Biden Holds 12-Point Lead in Pennsylvania, New Poll Says

“The allegations and wave of news coverage didn’t appear to raise concerns among Pennsylvania Democrats,” according to the Allentown Morning Call.

By NTK Staff | 04.12.2019 @11:30am
Biden Holds 12-Point Lead in Pennsylvania, New Poll Says

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a 12-point lead among Democratic presidential candidates in Pennsylvania, where the former veep is considered a native son. Twenty-eight percent of Democrats said they picked Biden as their first choice to be the party’s nominee, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 16 percent.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) tied for third place with 8 percent each, followed by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) at 4 percent.

The poll, conducted from April 3-10, took place after several women came forward to accuse Biden of inappropriate touching. Biden released a video on April 3 addressing those accusations and claiming that he would “be more mindful” of how he acts in the future. He undercut that message a bit two days later when he said he is “not sorry for anything [he’s] ever done.”

Still, the results indicate that Pennsylvania Democrats are not currently concerned about Biden’s past behavior:

The allegations and wave of news coverage didn’t appear to raise concerns among Pennsylvania Democrats. Biden drew the strongest numbers among five Democratic presidential hopefuls in terms of voter excitement and comfort. Half of respondents said they would be comfortable voting for Biden, and 19 percent said they would be excited to do so.

That support carried across ideological differences within the party. Biden polled strongest among conservative and moderate Democrats, and did well among all but the party’s most liberal bloc of voters, who preferred Sanders or Warren.

Though not yet officially a candidate, Biden is expected for formally announce his intentions to run for president later this month. A New York Times report last month indicated that the Delaware native may even put his campaign headquarters in Pennsylvania’s largest city, Philadelphia. He is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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