Election analyst says Sanders could have more staying power than Biden in 2020

Election analyst Kyle Kondik told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Friday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Hillicon Valley: Florida county that backed Trump was one of two hacked by Russians | Sandberg pushes back on calls to break up Facebook | Conservative groups ask WH to end Amazon talks over Pentagon contract Sanders set to become first 2020 candidate to call for ban on for-profit charter schools MORE (I-Vt.) will likely have more staying power in the 2020 race than Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenHillicon Valley: Florida county that backed Trump was one of two hacked by Russians | Sandberg pushes back on calls to break up Facebook | Conservative groups ask WH to end Amazon talks over Pentagon contract Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Several factors have hindered 'next up' presidential candidates in recent years MORE if the former vice president launches another White House bid.

"I guess the thought is that Biden is almost like a balloon and that once he actually becomes a candidate, the balloon punctures and all of these things come out about him," Kondik, managing editor of the political website Sabato's Crystal Ball, told hosts Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball. "But maybe that's not true, maybe he does have staying power."

"I think Sanders may have more staying power because I think at least he has an established base he can bring from 2016 that he can bring with him," he said. 

"Even if his so-called floor is 20-25 percent, a lot of people were saying that about Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Barr is 'sliming his own department' GOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report MORE in 2016, too, and that floor kept going up, and no one was able to pull a lot of support from him," Kondik added. "If Sanders is to win the nomination, maybe that's how it will work for him, too."

Polls have shown Sanders and Biden leading the crowded Democratic field for 2020.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 29 percent of registered Democrats surveyed said they supported Biden, while 19 percent backed Sanders.

However, Biden has been dealing with allegations this past week that he has inappropriately touched multiple women at public events.

The former vice president released a video on Wednesday in which he vowed to be more mindful of women's personal space going forward. 

— Julia Manchester