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Iowa Poll Has Biden Leading and Warren in the Wings

Three candidates are bunched in second place
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2019 9:36 AM CDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren waits backstage to speak last month at an event in Ottumwa, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – For voters planning to attend Democratic caucuses in Iowa, at least, the presidential field is getting clarity. Joe Biden resides at the top, followed by a rung that includes Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN poll shows. The former vice president has the caucus vote of 24% of respondents, the Des Moines Register reports. Sanders has 16%, Warren 15%, and Buttigieg 14%. "There’s a lot more commitment than we normally see this early," the pollster said. And then there's everyone else: No other candidate is in double digits.

Kamala Harris polled 7%, while Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke both drew 2%. By one measure, the results are tighter than they look. Among voters planning attend a caucus in person, rather than use the new virtual causes process, 61% have Biden as their first choice, second choice, or say he's on their "under consideration" list. But Warren also shows up for 61% of those voters, per the Register. "That’s a strong showing for Elizabeth Warren,” the pollster said. "It says to me there are people who are paying attention." When caucus night arrives in February, candidates must meet a 15% threshold to be viable. It's too early to write off the candidates who fall below that now, the pollster said. (Read more Iowa caucuses stories.)

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