Sanders surges into lead in California: poll

A new poll finds Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Sanders calls deadly Afghan drone strike 'unacceptable' MORE (I-Vt.) leading the field of Democratic contenders in California, where about 40 percent of all the convention delegates will be allocated on Super Tuesday.

The latest survey from the Los Angeles Times and University of California, Berkeley finds Sanders at 26 percent support, followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants MORE (D-Mass.) at 20 percent, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE at 15 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg MORE at 7 percent and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWithout drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary The tragedy of 9/11 — an inflection point in American history MORE at 6 percent.

Candidates must hit 15 percent support statewide or in individual congressional districts to win delegates in the March 3 primary.

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Sanders is up 7 points over the same poll from September, while Warren has fallen by 9 points in that time.

The Vermont senator leads the field among the most liberal Democrats, who make up about one-third of the California electorate. He has a majority of support among voters under the age of 30 and leads Biden, the next closest contender, by 20 points among Latino voters.

The Sanders campaign announced Tuesday it would launch its first ads in Super Tuesday states, spending $2.5 million between California and Texas.

Biden leads among voters 65 and older at 22 percent support, followed by Warren at 16 percent and Sanders at 14 percent.

Warren outperforms the field among the most educated voters, with a 9-point lead over Sanders among those with post-graduate degrees.

The UC-Berkeley IGS poll of 2,895 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted Jan. 15–21 and has a 2.5 percentage point margin of error.