Published: Tue, January 07, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democrats fret as polls show Bernie Sanders surging in early primary states

Democrats fret as polls show Bernie Sanders surging in early primary states

Two polls released on Sunday show that support for Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during the Nevada Democrats' "First in the West" event at Bellagio Resort & Casino on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In Iowa, 38 percent backed Biden to beat the president, to 29 percent for Sanders, 24 percent for Warren and 21 percent for Buttigieg.

The CBS News Battleground Tracker poll of Democrats registered in New Hampshire shows Sanders in the lead with 27% support from likely Democratic primary voters, followed by Joe Biden in second place with 25%. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is in fourth place with 16 percent support, while Sen. He is now leading the race in New Hampshire by two points while also coming first in a three-way tie with former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa, according to a new survey.

All other candidates failed to break 3% in the Iowa poll. Among voters who said they intend to back him in the Iowa caucus, 67 percent said they were "enthusiastic" to support him, compared to 49 percent who said the same about Biden.

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National polling averages still put Biden well clear of Sanders, with the tech investor Andrew Yang and the billionaire former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg - who is not competing in the early voting states - ahead of Klobuchar. This is important, as the state's unique caucus system relies heavily on organization which may favor more experienced voters.

Among the 1,500 college students surveyed, the democratic candidate, whoever preferred Donald J. Trump, to take over the White House in 2020.

Sanders has emphasized the grassroots nature of his campaign fundraising, boasting more than five million individual donations since he entered the race, which he claims is more "than any campaign has received at this point in a presidential election in the history of our country". Additionally, half or more of the voters in both states told CBS' pollsters that Sanders' policy were "too progressive" for winning over swing voters.

This new polling solidifies the Sanders Surge.

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