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Sanders tops 2020 Democratic field in New Hampshire: poll

Sanders tops 2020 Democratic field in New Hampshire: poll
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden All fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE (I-Vt.) has jumped out to a substantial lead over his 2020 Democratic primary opponents in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR News survey focused on the early primary state. 

The poll, which was released by the Boston public radio station on Thursday, shows that Sanders's support has surged over the last month to 29 percent, giving him a double-digit lead over former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE, who is in second place with 17 percent of the vote.

Sanders's uphill climb represents a 14-point increase from the same poll conducted in December. Buttigieg received 18 percent support in the previous poll.

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"I wouldn't take these numbers to the bank," Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the poll, told WBUR. "But you've got to be feeling pretty good about where you stand right at this moment if you're the Sanders campaign."

Sanders, Biden, Buttigieg and Warren have positioned themselves in the top tier of the 2020 Democratic primary field. But new surveys have indicated that Sanders and Biden may be emerging as the top picks among that pool. 

A CNN national poll released on Wednesday showed that Sanders and Biden were in a statistical tie atop the primary field. A Monmouth survey unveiled that same day showed Biden with a 7-point lead over the progressive senator nationally.

Meanwhile, a Des Moines Register/CNN poll released on Jan. 10 showed that Sanders had emerged as the leader in Iowa.

Tensions between the Biden and Sanders campaigns have escalated in recent weeks, as Sanders has increasingly criticized the former vice president's record on matters related to foreign policy and social security. Biden's campaign has hit back by accusing Sanders of "not telling the truth." 

The WBUR poll was conducted between Jan. 17-21 among a population of 426 likely voters in New Hampshire. The margin of error is 4.8 percentage points.