Democrats pick Warren as winner of Detroit debates: poll

Democrats in a new poll said Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE (D-Mass.) was the winner of the second round of presidential debates held last week in Detroit.

Thirty-three percent of Democratic primary voters said Warren performed best, according to the Politico–Morning Consult poll released early Tuesday.

Additionally, 44 percent of respondents described Warren's performance as "excellent" and another 30 percent said it was "good," pollsters found. 

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Warren had a couple standout moments during the debate as she took on moderate long-shot candidates, such as former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world The Hill's Campaign Report: Four-way sprint to Iowa finish line MORE (D-Md.). 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE (I-Vt.) trailed Warren in the new poll at 18 percent. He was closely followed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE, who was not on the same debate stage as Sanders and Warren, at 14 percent. 

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Biden looks to shore up lead in SC MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Warren calls for changes to presidential pardon power, pledges to create clemency board MORE (D-N.J.) finished in the top five, at 8 and 5 percent, respectively. 

All other candidates that participated in the two nights of debates polled at 3 percent or lower. 

Despite the standings in debate performance, 42 percent of Democratic primary voters said Biden has the best chance of beating President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE.

Seventeen percent picked Sanders and 13 percent chose Warren. 

The poll surveyed 797 Democratic primary voters from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3. There is a margin of error of 3 percentage points. 

Detroit's debates were likely the last in which voters will hear from 20 candidates over two evenings. The Democratic National Committee raised the threshold to qualify for the September debates in Houston.

Just eight candidates have qualified so far, including Warren, Biden, Harris, Booker, Sanders, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll Centrist Democrats insist Sanders would need delegate majority to win Bloomberg outspends field in Facebook ads ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Minn.), South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Delegate count unchanged after Iowa caucus recount completed MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas MORE (D-Texas). 

Two candidates, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report 6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE, are close to meeting the requirements.