As 2019 comes to a close, the Democratic primary is starting to heat up and the pickings are getting kind of slim. The field of candidates is finally starting to narrow and four of them have pulled out ahead of the rest.
The former vice president Joe Biden is still the Democratic frontrunner in the national polls. In a Washington Post national poll, Biden sits at 26%. He isn’t doing so hot in Iowa, though. The Washington Post has him in third place in the party’s first caucus state.
However, in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, Biden remains the frontrunner. The biggest obstacle he seems to face is his inability to filter his words, and the base of the party. Progressive voters are rejecting him with enthusiasm.
The Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is still in the race. With a loyal fanbase, the Senator from Vermont is polling at 18% in the Post’s national poll. In the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is in fourth place. South Carolina and Nevada polls have him in third and second place, respectively.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is still in the race, although she has slipped a bit in recent weeks. Once upon a time, she was gaining on Biden, but now she’s in third in the Post’s national poll at 16%. However, she’s in second place in every other poll except for Nevada, where she’s in third.
Perhaps the most surprising frontrunner is Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. The mayor has surged in the Iowa polls recently. Whereas he’s polling at 10% in the national polls, he’s at 19% in the Iowa poll.
At the start of the race, nobody even knew who Buttigieg was. Now he’s established himself as a more palatable, younger version of Joe Biden.
In addition to the four frontrunners, Michael Bloomberg has entered the race. Bloomberg is polling higher than Amy Klobuchar, Corey Booker, and Andrew Yang.
With the Iowa caucus more than a month away, it’ll be interesting to see where the polls end up.
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