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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 BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members 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 WarrenKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach No, the government cannot seize, break or 'bypass' pharmaceutical patents — even for COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.) followed the two frontrunners in the early states, receiving 15 percent backing. Billionaire 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 slid into fourth place with 10 percent, followed by South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'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' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE at 9 percent.

Behind them, entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' Andrew Yang moving to Georgia to help Democrats in Senate runoffs MORE got 4 percent support, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D-N.J.) got 3 percent, 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 earned 2 percent and 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) 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.