Iowa poll: Biden and Sanders tied, with Buttigieg in close third

Iowa poll: Biden and Sanders tied, with Buttigieg in close third
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A new 2020 Democratic presidential caucus poll of Iowa voters found Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (I-Vt.) tied for first place with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' MORE, who has yet to formally declare his candidacy. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Buttigieg unveils plan to strengthen mental health care, fight addiction MORE (D) came in close behind the two well-known Democrats. 

Sanders and Biden both stood at 19 percent in the poll from nonpartisan research firm Gravis Marketing, which was conducted April 17-18 and released Monday.

Buttigieg came in third place among Democratic candidates with 14 percent, but was outflanked by voters who said they were “uncertain,” at 16 percent. Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (D-Mass.) both polled at 6 percent.

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A majority of respondents — 57 percent — were 50 or older, and 58 percent were women. A majority also described themselves as either somewhat liberal (38 percent) or very liberal (25 percent).

The Gravis poll is the latest to show a surge in popularity for Buttigieg, who entered a crowded field with little name recognition. The 37-year-old mayor raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019 and was also in third place in a national poll released April 15, which showed he would be the second choice of 17 percent of Biden voters should the former vice president decide not to run.

Last week, Buttigieg told CNN his insurgent campaign has “outlived the flavor of the month period” and next intends to focus on "the sometimes unglamorous work of building out those early state organizations, building the fundraising, doing the grass-roots volunteer organizing that will power us all the way through into next year.”

The poll surveyed 590 adults and has a 4-point margin of error, according to Gravis.