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New National Poll After Iowa Caucuses Shows 1 Candidate Has Emerged As Front Runner

By  Ryan Saavedra
2020 Democratic presidential candidates, from left, Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America, Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, and Tom Steyer, co-founder of NextGen Climate Action Committee, arrive on stage during the Democratic presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The New Hampshire debates often mark a turning point in a presidential campaign, as the field of candidates is winnowed and voters begin to pay closer attention.
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A new Quinnipiac University national poll released on Monday showed for the first time that one 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate has a clear lead over the other candidates following in the aftermath of the recently held first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

In the poll, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) overtook former Vice President Joe Biden as the national front runner with 25% of the vote among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic.

The poll found the following:

  1. Sanders 25%
  2. Biden 17%
  3. Mike Bloomberg 15%
  4. Elizabeth Warren 14%
  5. Pete Buttigieg 10%
  6. Amy Klobuchar 4%
  7. Everyone else was at 2% or less

In terms of the percentage change since its last poll, Quinnipiac found:

  1. Sanders +4%
  2. Biden -9%
  3. Bloomberg +7%
  4. Warren -1%
  5. Buttigieg +4%
  6. Klobuchar -3%

“Biden scrambles to bounce back in frigid New Hampshire after an icy slide to 17 percent, his lowest national number,” Quinnipiac University Poll Analyst Tim Malloy said. “Is the Bloomberg camp prepping the white horse for him to ride to the rescue? Maybe not yet, but without setting foot in Iowa or New Hampshire, he is suddenly a looming shadow over the primary field.”

“Clearly Biden’s fourth place finish in Iowa has hurt the perception of what was his biggest strength – electability,” Malloy added.

The Quinnipiac poll is a left-leaning poll that traditionally has had worse numbers for President Donald Trump than many other places that conduct polling.

For example, Quinnipiac reported that Trump’s approval rating matched his previous all-time high in the poll at 43%, which is six points lower than the approval rating that he received from Gallup last week.

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