Sanders opens up large lead ahead of Colorado primary: poll

Sanders opens up large lead ahead of Colorado primary: poll
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) has a double-digit lead in Colorado over his fellow Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the state’s Super Tuesday primary election, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Sanders, who won the 2016 Colorado caucus, garnered support from 27 percent of Democratic and unaffiliated likely primary voters in the poll conducted by Magellan Strategies. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) trailed Sanders by 12 points with 15 percent support from poll respondents.

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 (D) received 12 percent support from those polled, finishing just 1 point ahead of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE


Minnesota Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots MORE (D) received 6 percent support from the voters polled.   

Fifteen percent of voters said they remain undecided, and businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii) each received 1 percent support in the poll. 

Sanders led Warren by 21 percentage points among those who consider themselves “very liberal,” according to the poll. Among those who consider themselves “somewhat liberal,” Sanders led the Massachusetts senator by 8 points.

Among those who consider themselves “moderate,” Sanders led Buttigieg and Bloomberg by just 1 percent, and he led Biden by 4 percent. However, the margin of error along this group was 7.5 points, putting all of the candidates in close competition.

Sanders led Warren by 29 points among voters ages 18 to 44, receiving 49 percent support to Warren’s 20 percent. All of the other candidates received 6 percent support or less, and 7 percent said they were undecided.  


Sanders tied Buttigieg at 20 percent support among voters ages 45 to 65, with Warren receiving 18 percent support. Among voters 65 and older, Bloomberg led the pack at 19 percent support, followed closely by Biden at 18 percent.

Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents said it was “most important to choose a candidate who can win in November,” beating President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE, while 36 percent “prioritize shared values and personal beliefs.” However, among voters ages 18-44, 52 percent prioritized values above defeating the president.

The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday. It polled 500 people, including 350 Democratic voters and 150 unaffiliated voters, with a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.