Poll: GOP voters drawn to Biden more than other 2020 Democrats

Republican voters are more drawn to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence MORE than to the rest of the candidates in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field, according to a new nationwide survey.

The Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday shows that 33 percent of GOP respondents named Biden as the Democratic candidate who came the closest to sharing their political views.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE received the second-highest support among Republican voters at 30 percent and 28 percent thought Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate Young Turks host says Elizabeth Warren should be Biden's VP pick MORE (I-Vt.) better aligned with their views.

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Biden, the front-runner in most national polls, has long sought to position himself as the most electable challenger to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE.

The former vice president has often argued that he is the only candidate who can unseat Trump and has pointed to polling that shows him beating the president in 2020.

Last month, Biden sent out a fundraising email to supporters citing a Times-Siena College poll showing him ahead in a hypothetical 2020 match-up with Trump in key swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Wisconsin while Warren and Sanders trailed.

"This speaks for itself," Biden’s campaign said in the fundraising email. "If Joe Biden wins the primary, he can beat Trump in a general election. Other candidates can’t."

However, what Biden’s fundraising email didn’t highlight was the fact that Sanders led Trump by 3 points in Michigan, tied with him in Wisconsin and narrowly trailed him in Pennsylvania. The email also failed to note that Trump led all three Democrats in the poll in North Carolina.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 1,000 registered voters between Dec. 13-14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn