Poll: Sanders leads, Biden gains in New Hampshire

Poll: Sanders leads, Biden gains in New Hampshire
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) is leading the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire, but former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE is gaining on him, according to a Boston Globe–Suffolk University poll released Tuesday.

The survey shows Sanders in the No. 1 spot with 16.4 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, holding steady since the same poll was conducted in November. Biden, meanwhile, placed second with 14.8 percent support — a 2.6-point gain since the November survey, which put him in a close fourth place. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE notched 12.2 percent in the most recent New Hampshire poll, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.) fell into fourth place with 9.8 percent support. 

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No other candidate registered in double digits. Former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Yang 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 MORE finished in fifth, with 5.6 percent support, while Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardButtigieg notes diversity on debate stage: We're '7 white people talking about racial justice' Sanders grows lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll Financial trade tax gains traction with 2020 Democrats MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE (D-Minn.) notched 5.4 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. 

The poll suggests that, just two weeks ahead of the New Hampshire primaries, the Democratic presidential race in the state remains fluid, with each of the top four candidates scoring within the survey’s 4.4-point margin of error.

At the same time, nearly a quarter of respondents — 23.8 percent — said they were still undecided about whom they would vote for. And nearly half of respondents — 47.5 percent — said there is still a chance that they change their mind before the primary.

New Hampshire may carry particular weight for Sanders. He represents Vermont in the Senate, giving him something of a neighbor status in New Hampshire. And he won the Granite State primary in 2016, besting former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday MORE after his defeat in the Iowa caucuses.

But a strong performance in New Hampshire is also key for Warren, who, like Sanders, hails from a neighboring state.

Buttigieg was the candidate most frequently cited as voters’ second choice in the primary, with nearly 15 percent saying they would choose him if not for their No. 1 preference. Warren narrowly trailed him in that category, taking nearly 14 percent. Sanders and Biden took 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

The poll surveyed 500 likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire from Jan. 15 to 19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.