Jan 25, 2020

Bernie and Biden now polling even at 20% in Iowa

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The latest Iowa poll averages from FiveThirtyEight put Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden neck and neck in Iowa at 20.2% and 20.1%, respectively with less than two weeks before the caucuses.

The state of play: Sanders and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet are all tied up with the Senate impeachment trial — giving other candidates an opportunity to seize on their absences to gain ground in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first 2020 presidential nominating contest.

The four Senators in D.C. are using technology and ads to maintain a presence in Iowa. They've been live streaming rallies, doing satellite calls and some are planning tele-town halls, The New York Times reports.

By FiveThirtyEight's numbers:

  • Sanders: 20.2%
  • Biden: 20.1%
  • Buttigieg: 17.6%
  • Warren: 15.9%
  • Klobuchar: 8.5%
  • Yang: 3.5%
  • Tom Steyer: 3.0%
  • Mike Bloomberg: 1.5%
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: 1.3%

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Elizabeth Warren endorsed by the Des Moines Register

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a June town hall in Miami, Florida. Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP via Getty Images

The Des Moines Register's editorial board hailed Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "the best leader for these times" as it endorsed her for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday night.

Why it matters: It's another win for Warren who, along with 2020 rival Sen. Amy Klobuchar, was endorsed for president by the New York Times last Sunday. The endorsement comes just ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

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A week out, Sanders opens Iowa lead

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Ahead of the Iowa caucuses eight days from now, the NY Times says Sen. Bernie Sanders is "consolidating support from liberals and benefiting from divisions among more moderate" candidates, per the Times/Siena College poll.

Why it matters: Sanders gained 6 points since the last Times-Siena survey in late October and now has 25% of the vote in Iowa.

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New Hampshire polls show Sanders, Buttigieg on top in final stretch

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Sen. Bernie Sanders maintains a slight lead over Pete Buttigieg in the upcoming New Hampshire primary, according to new polls conducted by the University of New Hampshire for CNN and WBZ/Boston Globe/Suffolk University.

Why it matters: The high-stakes primary is just two days away. Sanders and Buttigieg finished in a virtual tie in last week's Iowa caucuses, and both candidates appear set for another strong performance in a state Sanders won by more than 20 points in 2016.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Feb 9, 2020 - Politics & Policy