Sanders, Biden in statistical dead heat in Iowa: poll

Sanders, Biden in statistical dead heat in Iowa: poll
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Cutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE are in a statistical dead heat atop the 2020 Democratic presidential field in Iowa just before the state’s caucuses, according to a poll released Sunday.

Sanders, at 26 percent, has a 1-point lead over Biden, which is within the margin of error of the CBS News poll, which was conducted by YouGov. 

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhat a Biden administration should look like Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE follows with 22 percent support. He is trailed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFederal appeals court rules Minnesota must separate late-arriving mail-in ballots Trump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Start focusing on veterans' health before they enlist MORE (D-Minn.) with 15 percent and 7 percent, respectively.


Typically, 15 percent is the threshold for obtaining delegates in Iowa, but supporters can change their picks if their first choices do not reach the cutoff. Biden is expected to make gains from Klobuchar’s and others’ supporters, CBS News noted. 

If Warren does not reach the level to obtain delegates, her supporters are likely to flock to Sanders's side, the network added. 

More than a third of respondents say they have “definitely” made up their minds on their first-choice candidate, with 48 percent of Sanders’s voters and 40 percent of Biden’s committing to the candidates, respectively.

The poll was conducted between Jan. 16 and 23. A sample of 2,500 registered voters in Iowa were surveyed, including 1,041 self-identified Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. The margin of error in the poll was 3.9 percent.