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Biden maintains lead on Sanders, Warren: poll

Biden maintains lead on Sanders, Warren: poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE holds a lead over his fellow Democratic presidential contenders as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda MORE (D-Mass.) battle for second place, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll.

Of respondents who identified as Democratic voters, 28 percent voiced their support for Biden in the survey, while Sanders followed with 21 percent. Warren was third with 18 percent support. 

Meanwhile, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHere's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden's COVID, border policies prove he's serious about neither Harris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package MORE, who experienced a surge in the polls last month, garnered 9 percent support and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharAlarming threat prompts early exit, underscoring security fears Raimondo has won confirmation, but the fight to restrict export technology to China continues Pentagon prevented immediate response to mob, says Guard chief MORE (D-Minn.) and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergAs Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? 'Lucky': How Warren took down Bloomberg Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison MORE rounded out the top six, bringing in 5 percent and 4 percent support, respectively. 

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Biden has maintained his front-runner status throughout the primary campaign, but a number of recent polls have shown Sanders surging to second place, while Warren has slipped. 

The polls come ahead of the final campaign stretch before the crucial Iowa caucuses in February. An Emerson College poll released last week showed Biden neck-and-neck with Sanders in the Hawkeye State, with Biden garnering 23 percent support and Sanders at 22 percent. 

Biden and Sanders will come face-to-face on Thursday in Los Angeles for the sixth Democratic primary debate. 

The NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll was conducted Dec. 14-17 among 410 likely Democratic primary voters. The poll's margin of error is 4.84 percentage points.