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Iowa Poll: Joe Biden Leads, But the Race Is Tightening

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is gaining on Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete leads Kamala Harris.

By NTK Staff | 06.10.2019 @10:45am
Iowa Poll: Joe Biden Leads, But the Race Is Tightening

A new poll conducted by the Des Moines Register and CNN revealed that former Vice President Joe Biden still enjoys the top spot among presidential contenders in the Hawkeye State, but his lead is slowly shrinking.

Biden was the top pick of 24 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 16 percent. Sanders was followed closely by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at 15 percent and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) at 14 percent.

No other candidate earned double-digit support, but Sen. Kamala Harris found herself in a sort of no-man’s land at 7 percent. The next closest candidates were Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who had 2 percent each.

According to the pollster, the field is beginning to crystallize:

“We’re starting to see the people who are planning to caucus start to solidify,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of the Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll. “There’s a lot more commitment than we normally see this early. And some of these candidates who’ve been under the radar start to surface and compete with Joe Biden.”

And while the top of the poll is garnering most of the headlines, it’s the bottom that could have the biggest impact. Several candidates earned 1 percent in this poll, the bare minimum necessary to make the debate stage later this month in Miami.

Seven candidates earned 1 percent and 9 earned no support. The seven who earned one percent include Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (D-TX), former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), and businessman Andrew Yang (D-NY).

Notable names who earned zero support included Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was “not listed by a single poll respondent as either first or second choice for president.”

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