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 SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus 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 ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE follows with 22 percent support. He is trailed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats 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.