Poll: Biden leads 2020 Dem race, followed by Sanders and Harris

A new poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the field in the 2020 Democratic presidential race — even though he hasn't actually entered it.

The Morning Consult poll showed Biden winning the support of 29 percent of Democratic primary voters surveyed, followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) at 22 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Sanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) at 13 percent.

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Neither Sanders nor Biden has officially entered the 2020 race, but both have wide name recognition, which could be helping them in the early stages of the race. Biden was vice president for eight years, while Sanders ran a competitive race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Harris won the most support in the poll of anyone officially in the race. She was followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNC punts on measure to reduce role of corporate PAC money Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president MORE (D-Mass.) in fourth place with 8 percent support. Warren officially launched her campaign on Saturday.

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkePoll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates MORE (D-Texas) was just behind Warren with 7 percent support, while Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters MORE (D-N.J.) took 5 percent. 

Booker has announced his candidacy, while many think O'Rourke will enter the race. O'Rourke on Monday held a rally in El Paso, Texas, meant to counter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's own rally in the city.

Every other candidate in the field — including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Sanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Pollster says current 2020 surveys like picking best picture Oscar before movies come out O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Minn.) — were backed by 3 percent or fewer voters in the poll.

The poll's results were based on interviews with 11,627 registered voters who are likely to vote in a Democratic primary. The interviews were conducted from Feb. 4-10, and the poll has a margin of error of 1 percentage point.

The Morning Consult poll also showed Biden with a lead among voters in early primary states, which include Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The poll showed Biden with the backing of 33 percent of those respondents, followed by Sanders at 21 percent, Harris at 11 percent and Warren at 10 percent.

The early primary polling was based on surveys with 517 voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada from Feb. 4-10. That polling has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.