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Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (I-Vt.) are the most popular potential Democratic presidential candidates, but they are also the top second choices among registered voters, according to a Morning Consult survey released this week.

The poll found that Sanders was the second choice for 27 percent of Biden's supporters. Another 15 percent of Biden supporters said they would back Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris's uncle discusses COVID-19 surge in India: 'The conditions are pretty bad' Updating the aging infrastructure in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Bowser on Manchin's DC statehood stance: He's 'not right' MORE (D-Calif.) while 9 percent said they supported Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' Warren: Trump is 'a danger to democracy' Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (D-Mass.).

Among Sanders's supporters, 26 percent said they supported Biden as a second choice, followed by Warren at 16 percent and Harris at 7 percent.

Warren and Sanders both hail from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, while the poll showed some crossover between those supporting Biden and Harris.

Among Harris's supporters, 20 percent said they would choose Biden as a second choice, while Sanders was not among the top picks as a backup option. And among Biden supporters, 15 percent said they would support Harris as a second choice.

However, Sanders registered strongly as a second choice for Warren's supporters, with 25 percent saying the Vermont senator and 2016 runner-up for the Democratic nomination was a backup for them, followed by Harris at 14 percent and Biden at 13 percent.

Among former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE's (D-Texas) supporters, 20 percent said they would pick Sanders as a second option, while 18 percent chose Biden. 

O'Rourke has yet to announce whether he will run for president next year, though has been mulling a bid.

The poll comes as speculation around potential 2020 runs from Biden and Sanders heats up. 

The Hill reported on Thursday that sources familiar with the former vice president's plans say that he is almost certain to enter the 2020 fray.  

Yahoo News reported late last month that Sanders would announce his second presidential bid in the near future.

Warren formally launched her White House bid last weekend, while Harris entered the race late last month.

The Morning Consult poll was conducted from Feb. 4-10 among 11,627 registered voters. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 1 percent. 

— Julia Manchester