Warren sees surge in support in latest Daily Kos straw poll

Warren sees surge in support in latest Daily Kos straw poll
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' O'Rourke unveils plan to support women, minority-owned businesses MORE (D-Mass.) has rocketed to the top of the latest straw poll from the progressive news and activism website Daily Kos.

Warren has surged past Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' The generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party MORE (I-Vt.) in the biweekly survey, notching 34 percent support, a 9-point jump from the same survey in May and her highest mark to date.

Sanders has fallen 9 points from the previous survey and comes in at 25 percent in the poll. Sanders topped out at 44 percent support in February, when Warren was at only 10 percent.

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The Daily Kos straw poll is not a scientific evaluation of voter preferences but serves as a gauge of where enthusiasm is among the liberal base. Warren topped the website's first 2020 straw poll in January, but, as the website notes in its latest analysis, Sanders has dominated the poll since formally announcing his candidacy in February. 

The battle between the two progressive stalwarts is heating up, however, as a string of recent polls have found Warren gaining momentum.

Sanders captured the imaginations of liberal and progressive voters with his unlikely run against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally It's about the delegates, stupid MORE in the 2016 Democratic primary, but early surveys of the 2020 race show that he’ll have to fend off a challenge from Warren for the progressive mantle, as both candidates chase former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment MORE.

“Since winning the very first Daily Kos presidential straw poll of the cycle back in January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has demonstrated her steady strength in the Democratic primary field by placing among the top four candidates every single time,” said Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas.

Biden is in third place in the straw poll, up 2 points to 12 percent, followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE at 10 percent and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA MORE (D-Calif.) at 7 percent.