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Biden, Sanders battle for top spot in new national poll

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Emerson College’s first national poll of the year shows that former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have distanced themselves from the rest of the Democratic presidential primary pack.

In the poll, Biden is first at 30 percent, with Sanders right behind him at 27 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a distant third with 13 percent. No other candidate was in double digits.

Among young people (ages 18-29), Sanders dominates with 47 percent of the vote and he also leads the next age demographic (ages 30-49). Conversely, Biden had the edge in the older demographics, getting 40 percent of 50-64 year-olds and 47 percent of people 65 years old and over.

Biden also has a massive lead among black voters, with 52 percent saying that Biden is their first choice. The next closest candidate is Sanders with 17 percent.

Despite only coming in at 7 percent, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had the biggest jump of any candidate, gaining 3 points since Emerson’s last poll.

“If Bloomberg continues to gain support it could come at Biden’s expense, which could create a pathway for Sanders to the nomination,” Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling, said.

“On the other hand, Yang is pulling votes away from Sanders with younger voters and this is a very interesting age dynamic,” Kimball added. 

Yang gained 2 points since the last poll and is sitting at 8 percent, good for fourth in the poll.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped 2 points and is right behind Bloomberg at 6 percent.

The Iowa caucus, the first Democratic primary in the country, is on Feb. 3.

Tags 2020 Democratic presidential primaries Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren Joe Biden Michael Bloomberg Pete Buttigieg

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