Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire

Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden MORE (I-Vt.) is the clear front-runner in New Hampshire's primary, according to a new Emerson College poll released Friday that shows him widening his lead over former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 9-year-old asks Buttigieg how to be strong and tell people he is gay too MORE (D).

Sanders registered 23 percent support among Democratic primary voters in the state, a slight drop from the 26 percent he carried in a similar poll conducted in November. But Buttigieg also fell from 22 percent support in November to 18 percent, giving Sanders a bigger lead. 

Rounding out the top four in New Hampshire are former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey MORE (D-Mass.), who tied for third place at 14 percent support each. 

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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey Democrats: It's Trump's world, and we're just living in it MORE (D-Minn.) saw a significant boost in support, jumping from 2 percent in the November Emerson poll to 10 percent in the one released Friday. Meanwhile, former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangYang calls on someone to 'pull an Andrew Yang' and bow out of 2020 race Yang criticizes caucus voting method, says they don't encourage high voter turnout Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups MORE scored 6 percent, Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFive takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria MORE (D-Hawaii) registered 5 percent and billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerCampaign announces Steyer qualifies for South Carolina debate Trailing Democrats tout strength with black voters ahead of South Carolina Sunday shows - 2020 spotlight shifts to South Carolina MORE notched 4 percent support.

The poll of 657 New Hampshire Democratic primary voters comes a week after a Des Moines Register–CNN poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers put Sanders in the lead in the Hawkeye State.

The polling suggests Sanders has a chance to win both of the Democratic Party's first two contests in the presidential nominating fight.

To be sure, Sanders will enter the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11 with something of an advantage. He represents neighboring Vermont in the Senate, and he won the New Hampshire primary in 2016 as he fought former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders’s lead in New Hampshire is driven largely by voters under the age of 50, 28 percent of whom say they support the Vermont senator. He also performs well among the most progressive voters, scoring 34 percent among those who describe themselves as “very liberal,” according to the Emerson poll. 

Still, there are signs that the race in New Hampshire remains fluid. Fifty-three percent of respondents said that they could still change their mind ahead of primary day, while 47 percent said they are loyal to their candidate of choice.

The Emerson College poll surveyed 657 New Hampshire Democratic voters from Jan. 13 to 16. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.