Poll: Sanders, Buttigieg top 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows - Russia standoff over Ukraine dominates Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise Sanders says Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' MORE (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE are in a statistical tie for the lead in New Hampshire, according to a new WBZ-Boston Globe-Suffolk University tracking poll

The survey, which was released late Saturday, just days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary, shows that 24 percent of the state's likely Democratic primary voters favor Sanders, while 22 percent support Buttigieg. Sanders's 2-point advantage falls within the 4.4 percent margin of error. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (D-Mass.) is in a distant third, garnering 13 percent support. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE trails her by 3 points, with 10 percent of primary voters saying they favor him to be the Democratic nominee. 


Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWicker: Biden comments on Ukraine caused 'distress' for both parties Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum Hillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill MORE (D-Minn.) appeared to be the only candidate to gain a boost in the survey following Friday night's debate. Nine percent of respondents said they'd support the moderate Democrat, a 3-point increase from an identical survey released on Friday. 

The surge stemmed from an uptick in support from independent voters, the biggest voting bloc in New Hampshire. Klobuchar is now earning 10 percent support from the group, a 6-point increase from the start of last week, CBS Boston noted. 

Sanders and Buttigieg are virtually tied in support from independents. Twenty-six percent of independent respondents said they favor Sanders, while 24 percent said they'd select Buttigieg. The figure for Buttigieg represents a 13-point surge in less than a week.

“Sanders looks well-positioned if he can bring out his youth vote. Buttigieg looks comfortable in second place at least,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said. “But to me the real excitement is who’s gonna get that third ticket among Warren, Biden and now a streaking Klobuchar.”

The latest survey falls in line with a CNN poll released Saturday that showed Sanders and Buttigieg outpacing the rest of the 2020 Democratic primary field in New Hampshire. Sanders led Buttigieg in that poll by 7 points. 

The Vermont senator beat former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE in New Hampshire's 2016 primary by more than 20 points. 

A RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Sanders with a 5.4-point lead over Buttigieg in the state. The WBZ-Boston Globe-Suffolk University tracking poll is the second in a two-day rolling sample conducted among a random population of 500 likely Democratic primary voters on Friday and Saturday.