Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place

Biden leads in new national poll, Warren close behind in second place
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE leads the field of Democratic White House hopefuls, but Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) is running a close second, according to the latest national survey from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal.

The survey finds Biden at 31 percent support, followed by Warren at 25 percent. Biden and Warren are the two biggest gainers in the poll, with Biden rising 5 points from the same survey in July and Warren picking up 6 points. 

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.) is in third place with 14 percent support, a 1-point increase from July.

The survey found that Democratic voters are most excited about the Warren campaign, with 35 percent saying they would enthusiastically cast a ballot for her, compared to 25 percent who said the same of Sanders and 23 percent who said they would be enthusiastic about voting for Biden.

Warren is also the top second choice for voters who supported someone else in the survey, with 21 percent listing her as their backup, followed by Sanders at 16 percent, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' MORE at 12 percent and Biden at 11 percent.  

If first choice and second choice preferences are combined, Warren leads with 45 percent, followed by Biden at 41 percent and Sanders at 29 percent.

No other candidate has double-digit support in the poll.

Buttigieg is at 7 percent support, followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE (D-Calif) at 5 percent and tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate Yang on Democratic convention: 'I kind of expected to speak' MORE at 4 percent.

Harris's support has fallen dramatically since July, losing 8 points, the biggest drop of any candidate in the field. 

Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention Senators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report MORE (D-N.J.) are at 2 percent each, and no other candidate received more than 1 percent support.

The NBC-Wall Street Journal poll is a qualifying survey for the Democratic presidential debates. 

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardDemocrat Kai Kahele wins Hawaii primary to replace Tulsi Gabbard Financial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era Gabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton MORE (D-Hawaii) needs only one additional poll to qualify but did not hit the 2 percent mark here.

The NBC-Wall Street Journal poll of 506 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 16 and has a 4.4 percentage point margin of error.