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 SandersSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo This week: Congress starts year-end legislative sprint Restless progressives eye 2024 MORE (I-Vt.) at 22 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBuilding back a better vice presidency Stacey Abrams nominated to board of solar energy firm Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony 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 ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 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 WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.) in fourth place with 8 percent support. Warren officially launched her campaign on Saturday.

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke seizes on Texas power grid in bid against Abbott McConaughey on Texas run: 'I will let you know shortly' O'Rourke raises M in first 24 hours of Texas governor campaign MORE (D-Texas) was just behind Warren with 7 percent support, while Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall 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 TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE's own rally in the city.

Every other candidate in the field — including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (D-N.Y.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden renominates Powell as Fed chair 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.