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Buttigieg closes on Biden, Warren in Iowa: poll

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg now stands at third place in Iowa, according to a new poll, closely trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in the early caucus state.

Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., has the support of 13 percent of 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers, based on a Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Monday. 

That places him just behind Biden and Warren, who are in a dead heat for first place at 18 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

The poll also found that Buttigieg holds a narrow lead over Warren and Biden among debate-watchers, with 19 percent support compared to 17 percent for each of them. 

The new poll shows a big jump for Buttigieg, who was polling at just 6 percent among likely caucusgoers in a June poll. Warren also shot up 4 points from 13 percent since June. 

Biden, who led the field at 24 percent in June, dipped 6 points as other Democrats closed in on his lead. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is holding steady at 9 percent, the same support he had in June. 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who had shot up to second place in June after a strong performance in the second primary debate, dropped 13 percentage points and is now in a three-way tie for sixth place. 

Harris is tied at 3 percent with billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer, who was in his first debate of the primary last week, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). 

The poll was conducted after last week's debate, Oct. 16-18. There is a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. 

The Hill has reached out to pollsters for information on methodology, including what factors were weighted for in the survey results. 

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