Poll: Sanders leads, Biden gains in New Hampshire

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire, but former Vice President Joe Biden 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 Buttigieg notched 12.2 percent in the most recent New Hampshire poll, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) fell into fourth place with 9.8 percent support. 

No other candidate registered in double digits. Former tech executive Andrew Yang finished in fifth, with 5.6 percent support, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (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 Clinton 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.

Tags 2020 election Amy Klobuchar Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Democratic primary Elizabeth Warren Hillary Clinton Joe Biden New Hampshire New Hampshire primary Pete Buttigieg Suffolk poll Tulsi Gabbard

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