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


  • 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%.


  • 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%.

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China approves Hong Kong national security law

Hong Kong riot police round up a group of protesters during a demonstration on Wednesday. Photo: Willie Siau/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Chinese lawmakers approved a plan on Thursday for a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that would criminalize sedition, foreign influence and secession in the Asian financial hub.

Why it matters: China bypassed Hong Kong's legislature and chief executive to introduce the law, prompting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to announce Wednesday that the city is no longer autonomous from the Chinese mainland and does not warrant special treatment under U.S. law.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Protesters and police clash during demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd in custody outside the Third Police Precinct. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

A man died in a Minneapolis shooting during a second night of clashes between police and protesters in the city over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody, per AP.

The latest: Police said officers were responding to reports of a stabbing just before 9:30 p.m. and found a man lying in "grave condition on the sidewalk" with a gunshot wound, CBS Minnesota reports. On man is in custody over the incident.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 5,695,968 — Total deaths: 355,701 — Total recoveries — 2,351,638Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 1,699,933 — Total deaths: 100,442 — Total recoveries: 391,508 — Total tested: 15,192,481Map.
  3. Public health: CDC issues guidelines for reopening officesFauci says data is "really quite evident" against hydroxychloroquine.
  4. States: California hospitals strained by patients in MexicoTexas Supreme Court blocks mail-in expansion to state voters.
  5. Business: MGM plans to reopen major Las Vegas resorts in June — African American business owners have seen less relief from PPP, Goldman Sachs says.
  6. Tech: AI will help in the pandemic — but it might not be in time for this one.
  7. World: EU proposes a massive pandemic rescue package.
  8. 1 🎶 thing: Local music venues get rocked by coronavirus.
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