Just when you thought Joe Biden had boarded his last Amtrak train to ride into the sunset (or head back to Delaware, anyway), back he comes.
The 75-year-old former vice president took a pass in the 2016 presidential election, ceding the spotlight to Hillary Clinton. But now that she's crashed and burned, Uncle Joe is mulling a run in 2020. And a new nationwide poll of Democratic primary and caucus voters shows him on top of other contenders.
The Zogby Analytics poll of 533 likely Democratic primary and caucus voters puts Biden in the lead with 26%. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who watched as Democrats stole away his nomination in 2016, is second at 18%. Oprah Winfrey comes in third at 14%, but "nearly one in five (22%) likely voters were not sure who they would vote for," the poll found.
Other names that stood out were Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (8%), California Senator Kamala Harris (4%) and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (3%). Bottoming out the rest of the field was New York governor Andrew Cuomo (2%), Senators Kirsten Gillibrand -NY and Sherrod Brown-OH (both at 1%), former governor Deval Patrick (1%), and former Attorney General Eric Holder (1%). Former Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, finished with 0%. This is the second time McAuliffe finished last; he also finished last with 1% in our September 2017 poll.
Since our polls in September and October, Joe Biden has jumped past Bernie Sanders in a potential 2020 democratic primary showdown. Biden is now consolidating his lead among his main rivals Bernie Sanders and Oprah. How is Biden doing it? He is winning with voters aged 30+, who most likely remember "Scranton Joe" as a senator and vice president. Biden is particularly strong with voters aged 50+; he receives 24% among likely voters aged 30-49; 32% among likely voters aged 50-64, and 40% among likely voters aged 65+. In each of these age cohorts, Biden bests Sanders, except for voters aged 18-29, where Sanders wins by an almost 2 to 1 margin; he leads Biden 23% to 10%. Oprah does the best out of all candidates among Millennials aged 18-29 (25%).
Biden trails Sanders among millennials aged 18-24 (16% to 20%) and Sanders still leads among those who consider themselves independents (24% to 17%). But Biden has a wide lead among blacks (31% to 8%).