Biden opens up double-digit lead over Sanders in early primary states: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE (I-Vt.) by 11 points in a new poll of early primary and caucus states ahead of the 2020 presidential race.

Biden leads the announced Democratic primary field with 38 percent, according to the Morning Consult survey, followed by Sanders at 27 percent. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance MORE (D-Calif.) is the choice of 8 percent of voters, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life MORE (D-Mass.) tied for fourth place, with 7 percent each.

The gap between Biden, who has yet to enter the race, and Sanders narrows slightly among primary voters nationwide, pollsters found.

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Biden has 35 percent support, followed by Sanders at 25 percent. Harris and O’Rourke (D-Texas) are tied in third place nationwide, with 8 percent each, with Warren rounding out the top five, with 7 percent.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.) was favored by 4 percent of voters, while Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Klobuchar: Trump plan doesn't deal with 'comprehensive immigration issue' Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE (D) both came in at 2 percent. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand says she would not detain immigrants De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Gillibrand: 'President Trump has started a war on American women' MORE (D-N.Y.) polled at 1 percent. 

The survey also found Sanders was the most popular second choice among Biden supporters, and vice versa. Thirty-three percent of Biden supporters listed Sanders as their second choice, while 35 percent of Sanders supporters named Biden.

The poll of 13,725 registered voters nationwide, conducted March 18–24, has a margin of error of 1 percentage point. The margin of error rises to 4 percentage points among voters living in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

-- Updated at 11:59 a.m.