Biden adds 5 points to lead over 2020 Dem field: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Biden pitches new subsidies, public option in health care plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke MORE (D) has expanded his comfortable lead over the 2020 Democratic primary field since his presidential campaign announcement last month, according to a new poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos survey released Wednesday found that Biden's support among Democratic voters has increased 5 percentage points, up to 29 percent. 

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He now leads his only close challenger, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires MORE (I-Vt.), by 16 points in the poll. Sanders, at 13 percent, is the only other candidate to register more than 6 percent support among Democratic voters.

Biden trails the Vermont senator among millennial voters, who break for Sanders, 18 percent to 16 percent, over the former vice president, but leads the Vermont senator among all other major demographic groups, according to Reuters.

"[T]here is not a significant anti-Biden bloc of voters split between the other candidates,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said, according to Reuters, adding, “At this moment, Joe Biden is a clear front-runner in the Democratic primary."

Many presidential candidates, including some governors such as Steve BullockSteve BullockMoulton: Trump voters 'know that he's an a--hole' Former Navy officer, teacher enters race to unseat GOP senator in Montana Andrew Yang raises .8 million in second quarter MORE (Mont.) and Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee says he'll ask soccer player Megan Rapinoe to be secretary of State Trump administration suspends Obama-era fuel efficiency penalties Overnight Energy: EPA expands use of pesticide it considers 'highly toxic' to bees | House passes defense bill with measure targeting 'forever chemicals' | Five things to watch as Barry barrels through the Gulf MORE (Wash.), were largely unknown by the Democratic electorate, according to the poll, receiving less that 20 percent name recognition among voters.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted on May 10 and May 13, and contacted 1,132 Democrats and left-leaning independents. Its credibility interval is 3 percentage points.