Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Biden Leads Among Iowa Voters as Candidates Flock to State

Biden Leads Among Iowa Voters as Candidates Flock to State

Absent from Sunday's event is Joe Biden, who leads in early polling, and that promises to give the gathering the look of an audition for the former vice president's would-be top challengers heading into the summer campaign season in the leadoff 2020 caucus state. Elizabeth Warren with 15 percent and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, with 14 percent.

"We've got a lot to worry about, a lot to fight for, but we have the means to do it", he said. No other candidate managed double-digits.

"It's like with the vitriol and the hatred and all the bad things people say - he seems to be coming out fresh", said Patti Thacker, a Cedar Rapids poll respondent told the Register, describing Buttigieg's surprising rise since emerging from relative national anonymity just a few months ago.

The fact that more than 10 Democrats made the Pride festival a key stop in their 2020 weekend trips through the first-in-the-nation caucus state is the latest example of how the Democratic Party - just seven years since President Barack Obama first publicly supported marriage equality - has embraced the LGBTQ community and sees it as central to their success at the ballot box.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock played down his under 1% support in the new poll, noting he had only entered the crowded field last month, after the adjournment of his state's legislative session.

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"There's always been a question mark as to how many can get any real traction", Selzer said.

Biden and Sanders have fallen in first and second in almost every poll conducted since March.

"It is the first poll to account for new rules put forth by the Iowa Democratic Party that will allow Iowa voters to participate in a virtual caucus via phone or computer", Newsweek noted in its report. And you see it bunched up amongst the three virtually tied for second place: "Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg".

The poll said Biden showed a sign of potential weakness, with only 29% of those who listed him as their first choice saying they were "extremely enthusiastic".

"The great majority of these candidates don't even crack 5% in this poll". It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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