Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds

Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds
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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 suprassed 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.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue MORE (D-Texas) in a national poll of likely Democratic voters released Tuesday.

Buttigieg placed third, behind 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 and 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.), with 9 percent of respondents picking him as their preferred Democratic presidential nominee, a 2 point bump from last week's Morning Consult survey.

Biden, who has yet to announce his candidacy, still holds a wide lead, with 30 percent of respondents saying he is their preferred choice; 24 percent of those surveyed picked Sanders.

Harris dropped 1 point to 8 percent, while O'Rourke dropped 2 points to 6 percent.

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Buttigieg, who officially launched his campaign earlier this month, has been surging in polls of the 2020 race.

The Indiana mayor recently placed closely behind Biden and Sanders, the current front-runners, in polls of key early voting states Iowa and New Hampshire.

Buttigieg raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019 and has already qualified for the Democratic presidential debates.

The Morning Consult survey of 14,335 likely Democratic voters was conducted between April 15-21. The margin of error for the sample is 1 point.