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Biden retains lead in national poll

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 retained the lead in a national poll released Tuesday.

The Morning Consult poll shows Biden amassing the support of 29 percent of surveyed registered voters likely to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus. He maintains a 9 percentage-point lead over runner-up 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.) nationally.

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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.) slides into third place nationally with 15 percent support, followed by 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 at 9 percent.

But among the “Early Primary State Voters” surveyed, Biden’s lead — 25 percent — shrinks to 5 percentage points over runner-up Sanders. Buttigieg jumps into third with 13 percent support in these states, followed by Warren with 12 percent. 

The former vice president’s lead has dropped to its lowest point since he announced his candidacy in April. Biden’s and Sanders’s support each fell 1 percentage point since last week.

Warren has experienced a 6 percentage-point drop since her highest point from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20. Buttigieg, on the other hand, has risen in the polls 4 percentage points from his stagnant 5 percent status from mid-August to mid-October.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE has gained traction in the poll since his announcement to officially enter the race last week, jumping to 5 percent support and tying Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMiddle East: Quick start for Biden diplomacy Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' Top intelligence official says China targeting foreign influence at incoming Biden administration MORE (D-Calif.) for fifth place nationally.

Behind them, entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' MORE has 4 percent, and Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires Dangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (D-Hawaii), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharScammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (D-Minn.) and philanthropist Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE sit at 2 percent each.

Morning Consult interviewed 15,773 registered voters likely to vote in the Democratic primary or caucus. The poll was conducted between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1 and had a margin of error of 1 percentage point nationally and 4 points among early primary state voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.