Nov 1, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Joe Biden slumps in Iowa poll as Pete Buttigieg surges

Pete buttigieg shakes hands with Joe biden.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg made gains in Iowa, as former Vice President Joe Biden slipped in a New York Times/Siena College poll of voters likely to attend the state's caucuses. Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads the deadlocked pack, with Sen. Bernie Sanders coming in next.

Why it matters: "Buttigieg is aiming to peel away support from Mr. Biden by offering himself as the viable moderate alternative" to Warren and Sanders, the New York Times wrote last week. That effort appears to be working.

  • Buttigieg has also put a strong focus on Iowa, opening 20 field offices and hiring nearly 100 staff members statewide.

By the numbers:

  • Warren: 22%
  • Sanders: 19%
  • Buttigieg: 18%
  • Biden: 17%
  • Klobuchar: 4%
  • Harris: 3%
  • Yang: 3%

Of note: The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points, meaning Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg and Biden are statistically tied for for the top spot.

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