Sanders overtakes Biden for first time in Morning Consult poll

Sanders overtakes Biden for first time in Morning Consult poll
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vt.) has overtaken former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday. 

Sanders captured 25 percent support in the latest poll, his best performance in a Morning Consult tracking survey since last March. Biden, meanwhile, saw his support dip to 22 percent, a 6-point drop from a similar poll conducted between late January and early February.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergSix months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency Why Democrats' .5 trillion reconciliation bill is a losing game Democrats must win big on health care to have a shot in the midterms MORE saw his support rise to 17 percent, while former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE gained support, as well, finishing the latest poll with 11 percent. 


Only one other candidate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate confirms Biden's Air Force secretary Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Will Pence primary Trump — and win? MORE (D-Mass.), notched double digits in the Morning Consult poll, coming in with 11 percent support. 

The poll suggests that Sanders’s near win in the Iowa caucuses last week has bolstered his standing in the race and given his campaign a surge of momentum nationally. It’s also unwelcome news for Biden, marking the first time since he launched his presidential campaign that he has fallen out of first place.

Sanders isn’t the only candidate that benefited from a strong finish in Iowa. Buttigieg’s support surged 5 points since the last Morning Consult poll. He currently leads in the delegate count in Iowa. 

The Morning Consult poll surveyed 15,346 Democratic primary voters from Feb. 4-9 and has a margin of error of 1 percentage point.