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Iowa Poll: Joe Biden Now Leads

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (Chris Carlson/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 January 2020 09:41 PM

Former Vice President Joe Biden might be the beneficiary of the recent spat between Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with a new poll showing him far ahead of other Democratic presidential contenders as the Iowa caucuses near.

The Focus on Rural America poll showed 24% of likely caucus-goers favoring Biden, according to Politico. The nearest candidates were Warren at 18%, Pete Buttigieg at 16%, Sanders at 14%, and Amy Klobuchar at 11%.

According to Politico, both Warren and Sanders appear to have lost support in Iowa over their recent spat about a 2018 private conversation in which Warren says Biden told her woman could not win the 2020 presidential race. Sanders denies making the remark.

Pollsters asked respondents if there was a candidate they would not support based on what they saw in the debate: 12% said they would not support Warren, and 11% said they would not support Sanders. Those were by far the highest numbers, with billionaire Tom Steyer coming in next at only 4%.

Klobuchar, a fellow midwesterner, was the favorite to represent the interests of rural Iowa, with 29% of respondents favoring the Minnesota senator.

Most caucus-goers, 75%, said they would shift their vote to another candidate if their first choice were not viable, while 17% would stay uncommitted and 4% said they would just go home.

Here is how the votes shake out among those who would pick a second candidate:

  • Biden: 24%.
  • Buttigieg: 21%.
  • Warren: 16%.
  • Klobuchar: 7%.
  • Sanders: 6%.

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With a new poll showing him far ahead of other Democratic presidential contenders as the Iowa caucuses near, former Vice President Joe Biden might be the beneficiary of the recent spat between Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
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