Warren, Biden and Sanders locked in three way tie in California poll

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden are locked in a three-way tie in the California Democratic Primary, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) survey found Warren as the top choice of 23 percent of likely voters in the Democratic Primary, followed by Biden at 22 percent support and Sanders at 21 percent support.

{mosads}It is a statistical tie as all three candidates fall within the margin of error.

California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) received the next highest support at 8 percent, just ahead of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) at 6 percent support.

Harris’s fourth-place finish shows the lawmaker struggling to gain traction within her home state, a concerning result for her campaign given that no recent White House hopeful who lost their home state in a primary has gone on to win their party’s nomination.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang was the top choice for 3 percent of those surveyed, while no other candidate cleared 2 percent.

Eleven of the candidates who qualified for the October debate were listed as options to respondents. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) had not yet qualified at the time of the survey.

Support remains fluid in the race, as 53 percent of respondents said they would consider supporting another candidate for the Democratic nomination.

“Many Democratic-leaning voters are open to switching allegiances at this early stage of the presidential primary season, and most see the debates as important for choosing a candidate,” PPIC President Mark Baldassare said in a statement.

California is more important in this nominating cycle than in previous ones because of an accelerated primary schedule that has the largest state in the nation going to the polls on Super Tuesday, when voters in a dozen states will cast their ballots for the Democratic nomination.

PPIC surveyed 692 likely Democratic primary voters between Sept. 16-25 using a mix of cellphone and landline calls. The margin of error for the sample is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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