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

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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 Sanders (I-Vt.) at 22 percent and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at 13 percent.

{mosads}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 Clinton 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 Warren (D-Mass.) in fourth place with 8 percent support. Warren officially launched her campaign on Saturday.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) was just behind Warren with 7 percent support, while Sen. Cory Booker (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 Trump’s own rally in the city.

Every other candidate in the field — including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (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.

Tags Amy Klobuchar Bernie Sanders Beto O'Rourke Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Hillary Clinton Joe Biden Kirsten Gillibrand

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