Sanders surges into dead heat with Biden in nationwide poll

Sanders surges into dead heat with Biden in nationwide poll
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.) is in a dead heat nationally with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Friday.

Of Democratic primary voters, 27 percent said they support the Vermont senator, while Biden gained 26 percent of the vote.

Sanders picked up 6 points from the same poll in December, when he garnered 21 percent.


The numbers show that Sanders's support is rising nationally ahead of Monday's first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE (D-Mass.) finished third with 15 percent of the vote and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ The truth behind companies' 'net zero' climate commitments The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE, who has also seen his numbers steadily climb, finished fourth with 9 percent of the vote. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden looks to bolster long-term research and development White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations MORE rounded out the top five with 7 percent.

The RealClearPolitics average of national polls shows Biden holding onto a 5-point lead over Sanders, but Sanders has picked up more than 4 points in the average since the beginning of 2020.

The Iowa caucuses, which are Monday, are the first time that Americans get to voice their vote for who they want to see be the Democratic nominee in November. A recent Monmouth Iowa poll showed Biden with 2-point lead over Sanders and five candidates polling at 10 percent or higher.

The NBC-WSJ poll surveyed 428 Democratic primary voters and took place between Jan. 26-29 and has a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points.