Democrats pick Warren as winner of Detroit debates: poll

Democrats in a new poll said Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 Delaney2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne MORE (D-Md.). 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.) trailed Warren in the new poll at 18 percent. He was closely followed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, who was not on the same debate stage as Sanders and Warren, at 14 percent. 

Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 KlobucharFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Minn.), South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas). 

Two candidates, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang says white supremacist violence should be designated domestic terrorism Yang jokes first thing he'd say to Putin as president is 'Sorry I beat your guy' Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate MORE, are close to meeting the requirements.