Biden leads 2020 Dems in California: poll

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 is the top choice for Democratic voters in California, edging out home-state candidate 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), according to a poll released Wednesday. 

Biden has support from 26 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters in the state, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll. He is trailed by 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 Harris, who have 18 percent and 17 percent support, respectively.


They are followed by 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.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg defends Kaepernick, NFL players who kneel during national anthem Journalism is now opinion-based — not news-based Buttiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that MORE (D), who each had support from 7 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters. No other candidate topped 4 percent support in the poll.

The survey also found that 66 percent of all California voters, including 67 percent of women and 71 percent of Democrats, believe the allegations several women have brought against Biden recently are not a serious issue. Several women have come forward in recent weeks to say the former vice president touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable.

California will have a greater influence in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary than in past years because it moved its electoral contest up to March.

Harris has sought to retain top-tier status in the crowded Democratic primary field after launching her White House bid in January. Before she became a senator, Harris served as California's attorney general, and she has never lost an election in the state.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,005 California voters from April 3 to April 8 via landlines and cellphones with an overall margin of error of 4.1 percentage points. The survey included 482 Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters with a margin of error of 5.9 percentage points.