Biden campaign lowering expectations in early voting states, says veteran political journalist

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE's campaign is lowering expectations in some early voting states, veteran political reporter Paul Steinhauser told Hill.TV on Monday.

“Just a few days ago, the Biden campaign in a conference with me and other national political reporters, they downplayed both what the vice president could do in Iowa and the expectations in New Hampshire as well,” Steinhauser said during an interview on “Rising.”

“They were touting how their staff was beefing up in the Super Tuesday states and beyond, but they did lower expectations a little bit in the first four early voting states,” he added.

A CBS poll released Sunday shows Biden running neck and neck in New Hampshire with Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.), the top progressives candidates in the Democratic field.

Warren garnered support from 27 percent of Democratic respondents, followed by Biden at 26 percent and Sanders at 25 percent.

But Biden remains the front-runner in most national polls.

According to a RealClearPolitics average of six recent polls, Biden is leading the field, with 29.7 percent support. Warren is second with 18 percent support, followed closely by Sanders, at 17.5 percent.

—Tess Bonn