Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Biden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) leads for the first time in a new Hill/HarrisX poll of the Democratic presidential race, just days before the next nominating contest in Nevada.

Sanders draws 22 percent support in the survey, followed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE at 19 percent and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE at 18 percent.

Sanders and Bloomberg have both risen 2 points in the poll since earlier this month, while Biden has ticked down 4 points. All three candidates are within the poll's margin of error.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE (D) both ticked up in the poll and are now drawing double-digit support.

Warren, who gained 3 points compared to a poll earlier this month, stands at 12 percent support, while Buttigieg gained 1 point and is at 10 percent.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharPoll: Biden leads Trump by 5 points in Minnesota The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Minn.) and billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE follow the pack at 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic Biden wins all-mail Kansas primary MORE (D-Hawaii) did not register support in the poll.

The survey indicates that the Democratic White House race remains fluid, with 8 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters saying they are unsure who they support.

"Nationally, the Democratic contest is increasingly starting to look like a three way race between Sanders, Biden and Bloomberg. Bloomberg has been growing steadily and is within striking range of both other candidates among Democrats and Democratic leaning independents," Dritan Nesho, Founder and CEO of HarrisX, told The Hill.

"Bloomberg’s first debate performance, and Biden’s overall showing, in the Nevada primary will determine the future dynamic of the race," he added.

Six top Democratic contenders are set to face off in the party's 9th presidential debate on Wednesday night in Nevada as the candidates compete ahead of the state's caucuses on Saturday.

Sanders is entering the debate as a clear frontrunner in polls, while the Las Vegas debate will also feature Bloomberg on stage with other candidates for the first time.

"Sanders has positioned himself as the leader in the Democratic sweepstakes by attracting 54% of the potential Democratic electorate under 45 years of age, and 46% who consider themselves as progressives," Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Poll, told The Hill.

"No other Democratic candidate breaks 20% with younger voters or progressives. He is also running up the score among male voters in the potential D Democratic electorate with 41%. Again, no other Democratic candidate breaks 20% with this group. And, Sanders has gotten within the margin of error among African American voters against Biden by gaining 28% of these voters to 31% for Biden."  

"For these, reasons, Sanders is the front-runner going into the debate," he added.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 449 registered Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters between Feb. 14 and 15. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points. 

—Gabriela Schulte