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Poll: Warren Comes in Third Place in Home State of Massachusetts

It’s a deeply embarrassing result for a candidate many expected to top the field.

By NTK Staff | 04.08.2019 @10:26am
Poll: Warren Comes in Third Place in Home State of Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters would rather see former Vice President Joe Biden or neighboring Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee than their home state senator, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

That’s according to a new poll released by Emerson, which found Warren earning just 14 percent of the vote, trailing both Sanders (26 percent) and Biden (23 percent) by significant margins.

Warren’s poor showing in her own backyard is cause for concern, according to Emerson’s pollster:

According to Spencer Kimball, Director of Emerson Polling, her third place finish “is a concern for Warren who at this time does not have a firewall in her home state, and her rival Sanders has a strong base in the Bay State.”

Warren has consistently placed behind both Biden and Sanders in both early state and national polls of the 2020 presidential race. However, she tends to have a higher percentage of voters without set opinions on her, leaving room for growth.

Making matters worse for Warren is the fact that candidates like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN), a candidate who few expected to make an impact in the race, has been climbing in the polls lately. Buttigieg earned 11 percent in the Emerson poll of Massachusetts Democrats. Better known candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) were in the single digits.

Overall, the poll is a bit of a disaster for Warren, who needs to find a way to break through the crowded field. This is the second poll showing Warren struggling in her home state. A recent UMass Amherst poll had Warren in third behind Biden and Sanders as well.

But perhaps these polls aren’t really that surprising for Warren, given that 63 percent of likely Massachusetts voters didn’t think that she should run for president in 2020, according to a October 2018 WBUR poll.

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