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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAmazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening? What's really behind Joe Biden's far-left swing? It's time to declare a national climate emergency 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 HarrisHouse Budget Committee 'not considering' firing CBO director Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid How to manage migration intensified by climate change MORE (D-Calif.) is the choice of 8 percent of voters, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House 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 BookerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally Top Democrat calling for expansion of child care support When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, what's a moderate Democrat to do? MORE (D-N.J.) was favored by 4 percent of voters, while Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after pushback from Klobuchar, Lee Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage MORE (D) both came in at 2 percent. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests 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.