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

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues 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 SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions 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 BullockBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE (Mont.) and Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee signs bill making Washington a sanctuary state Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll Inslee signs bill to make Washington first state to legalize human composting 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.