Poll: Sanders, Biden tied for first as O'Rourke gains among Dem voters

Poll: Sanders, Biden tied for first as O'Rourke gains among Dem voters
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJames Carville: Biden represents 'stability' not 'generational change' Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJames Carville: Biden represents 'stability' not 'generational change' Trump's misspelling of Biden's name trends on Twitter Trump says 'I have confidence' after past North Korea missile tests MORE are the top choices among Democratic voters, with former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke: Trump 'provoking' war with Iran by sending troops to Middle East Buttiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Texas) getting a bump after announcing his White House bid, according to a new Emerson poll.

Sanders and Biden each garnered 26 percent in the survey conducted March 17-18, a 9-point bump for Sanders since the February poll and after his official campaign announcement.

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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) followed with 12 percent, and O'Rourke had 11 percent, with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump defense pick expected to face tense confirmation 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE (D-Mass.) rounding out the top five at 8 percent. O’Rourke’s support is also up from February, increasing 7 points.

Sanders leads among both 18- to 29-year-olds, with 42 percent, and among 30- to 49-year-olds, with 30 percent support. Biden, meanwhile, leads among respondents 50 to 64 years old, with 39 percent and among those 65 or older, with 33 percent.

Biden is the favorite among respondents who supported 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE, with 36 percent, while Harris and Sanders are tied for second at 13 percent, followed by O’Rourke at 12 percent and Warren at 8 percent.

Forty-one percent of Sanders’s 2016 primary supporters in the poll back him, while 18 percent support Biden, 11 percent prefer Harris, 10 percent support Warren and 9 percent back O’Rourke.

The poll was based on interviews with 487 respondents and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.