Updated Apr 30, 2019

The Biden bump: 3 new polls show former VP extends lead over 2020 field

Joe Biden at a rally in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Polls released Tuesday from CNN, Morning Consult and Quinnipiac suggest former Vice President Joe Biden received a significant bump among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters after he officially jumped into the 2020 race last week.

Why it matters: Biden leads the crowded Democratic field with an average of 37.6%, solidifying his status as the race's current frontrunner.

By the numbers

CNN

  • Biden: 39%
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: 15%
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 8%
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: 7%
  • Beto O'Rourke: 6%
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 5%
  • The remaining candidates all fell below 2%.

Morning Consult

  • Biden: 36%
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: 22%
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 9%
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: 8%
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 7%
  • Beto O'Rourke: 5%
  • Cory Booker: 3%
  • The remaining candidates all fell below 2%.

Quinnipiac

  • Biden: 38%
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 12%
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: 11%
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg: 10%
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 8%
  • Beto O'Rourke: 5%
  • The remaining candidates all fell below 2%.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidates

Go deeper

Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Contributor

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.

Pelosi warns U.S. allies against working with China's Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Feb. 16. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday cautioned U.S. allies against allowing Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to develop their 5G networks, arguing at the Munich Security Conference that doing so is akin to “choosing autocracy over democracy," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Pelosi's hawkish stance marks a rare area of agreement with the Trump administration, which believes Huawei is a national security threat because the Chinese government may be capable of accessing its equipment for espionage.

Go deeperArrow4 hours ago - World