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Warren opens up 7-point lead over Biden nationally: poll

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' MORE (D-Mass.) has opened up a 7-point lead in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Twenty-eight percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic say they intend to support Warren, while 21 percent say they will back former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE and 15 percent say they’ll support Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.).

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE is the only other candidate to break double digits, coming in at 10 percent.

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While Warren's support slipped 2 percentage points since earlier this month, Biden fell 6 points and Sanders added 4 points from the last poll.

"Former Vice President Joe Biden slips, Senator Elizabeth Warren steadies, Senator Bernie Sanders gets his groove back, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg breaks back into double digits," said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow. 

Warren’s lead is buoyed by advantages among some of her key demographics: She has a 33-point lead among voters who identify as “very” liberal, a 5-point lead among whites, a 15-point lead among those with a college degree and a 7-point lead among voters between the ages of 18 and 34. 

Biden, meanwhile, holds a 19-point lead among voters who identify as moderate or conservative, an 8-point lead among men and those without college degrees and a whopping 38-point lead among black voters.

Warren also appears to be capitalizing on her “I have a plan for that” playbook, with 30 percent of voters saying she has the best ideas. Twenty percent of respondents said the same about Sanders, while 15 percent felt that way about Biden. 

Despite Biden’s overall drop, he is still viewed as the candidate with the best shot at beating President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE, with 42 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning votes saying he has the best chance of unseating the president, compared with 20 percent for Warren and 14 percent for Sanders. 

The latest poll is one of several showing Warren atop the 2020 Democratic primary, with Biden and Sanders jostling for second place. However, the survey still shows that Biden’s electability argument could appeal to voters as he campaigns across the country and says he will beat Trump “like a drum.”

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 713 Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic from Oct. 17 to 21 and has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.