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 SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue 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 ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe MORE follows with 22 percent support. He is trailed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats face critical 72 hours The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar'Facebook Papers' turn up heat on embattled social media platform Omar, Klobuchar lead charge seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Prince Klobuchar: 'Facebook knew' it was hurting communities MORE (D-Minn.) with 15 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

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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.