Latest Poll Has Sanders Edging Out Biden for Top Spot Among Dem 2020 Hopefuls; Biden’s Camp Downplaying Importance of NH, IA

  • A new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald Poll released on Wednesday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the pack of Democrats in New Hampshire’s “first-in-the-nation primary state.”
  • The Democratic socialist who also ran in 2016 “has the support of 29 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State,” according to the latest poll.
  • The frontrunner basically since he launched his campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden now stands in second place “at 21 percent in this poll. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of neighboring Massachusetts, who, like Sanders, is a progressive standard-bearer in the field of White House hopefuls, registered at 17 percent in the poll.”
  • In a conference call last week with several media outlets, “the Biden campaign seemed to downplay the former vice president’s expectations in New Hampshire as well as Iowa, the state that kicks off the nominating calendar.”
  • Biden’s “senior advisers pointed to the geographic advantages both Sanders and Warren enjoy in New Hampshire.”
  • The poll also has “Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 6 percent support, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang both at 5 percent, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii at 3 percent, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas at 2 percent.”
  • All the other candidates running “registered at 1 percent or less.”
  • Democratic primary voters were polled “Sept. 4-10, both before and after the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual convention.”
  • Additionally, “the confab, held on Saturday in Manchester, attracted 19 of the 20 remaining candidates in the nomination race.  The survey’s release also came on the eve of Thursday’s third-round Democratic nomination debate, which is being held in Houston.”

Reference Links

  • Fox: Sanders jumps ahead of Biden, Warren in New Hampshire primary poll READ
  • The Hill: Poll: Sanders leads Democratic field in NH READ                      
  • NBC 10 Boston: Sanders Out Front in 3-Way New Hampshire Primary Lead: Poll READ

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