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 leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.) at 22 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Howard University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration MORE (D-Calif.) at 13 percent.


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 ClintonGOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever 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 pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day MORE (D-Mass.) in fourth place with 8 percent support. Warren officially launched her campaign on Saturday.

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBoebert appears to carry gun on Capitol Hill in new ad 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE (D-Texas) was just behind Warren with 7 percent support, while Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial 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 TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE's own rally in the city.

Every other candidate in the field — including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Senate Democrats make democracy reform first bill of new majority Google completes Fitbit acquisition 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.