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 SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) at 22 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down 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 ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' 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 WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) in fourth place with 8 percent support. Warren officially launched her campaign on Saturday.

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas) was just behind Warren with 7 percent support, while Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets 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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE's own rally in the city.

Every other candidate in the field — including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Lobbying world 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.