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Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats by 19 points in Virginia

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a 19-point lead ahead of the closest trailing Democrats with Virginia primary voters, according to a poll released Thursday. 

The nationally recognized Hampton University Center for Public Policy poll found 36 percent of Virginia Democrats surveyed would vote for Biden out of the current field of two dozen candidates.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) landed far behind in second with 17 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a close third at 13 percent, and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) closely trails her with 11 percent.

Biden also leads with women, receiving 41 percent support, voters 65 and over, receiving 53 percent, and black voters, receiving 58 percent, according to the poll. 

Sanders polled higher among men, with 21 percent, and with young voters between 18 and 34, receiving 25 percent. 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was fourth with 7 percent, and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) was fifth with 3 percent, according to the poll. 

All other candidates polled at 2 percent or less. 

The poll included 1,126 registered voters in Virginia who identify as Democrats. The survey was conducted between May 29 and June 6. There is a 4.3 percentage point margin of error. 

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