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Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field in early primary states

Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field in early primary states
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.) lead the Democratic field in the early primary states, according to this week’s Morning Consult poll.

The poll released Monday found Biden earned 29 percent support and Sanders stood at 24 percent support in the states with early primaries or caucuses: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. 

The two also hold the lead in the national poll with Biden earning 31 percent and Sanders getting 22 percent. Biden has been on an upswing nationally this month after receiving 29 percent backing in a poll Dec. 1. Sanders has also risen 2 percentage points since Dec. 1.

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They also received the two highest favorability percentages with Biden getting 70 percent and Sanders getting 75 percent.

Overall, Biden and Sanders have been the top two frontrunners in the Morning Consult poll for the majority of the campaign.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) followed the two frontrunners in the early states, receiving 15 percent backing. Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE slid into fourth place with 10 percent, followed by South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE at 9 percent.

Behind them, entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang intervenes after man threatened with metal pole on Staten Island Ferry NYC's largest union endorses Maya Wiley in mayoral race Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race MORE got 4 percent support, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerObama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-N.J.) got 3 percent, former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergOn The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 MORE earned 2 percent and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting MORE (D-Hawaii) got 1 percent. 

The Morning Consult poll surveyed 13,384 registered voters in between Dec. 9 and 15, and has a margin of error of 1 percentage point. The early voting states poll surveyed 588 voters and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points. 

The poll comes as candidates prepare for the December debate Thursday.