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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics 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 SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds 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