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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPhilly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans 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