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Biden holds slight lead in 2020 Democratic presidential poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden is an early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden is slightly ahead in the crowded Democratic presidential race, an ABC News/Washington Post poll published early Sunday shows.

Details: Asked who their 2020 Democratic primary vote choice would be, 17% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents back Biden, with 11% for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 5% for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. However, 54 percent of those surveyed didn't name anyone.

By the numbers: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) were backed by 4% of those surveyed, while 1 or 2% backed Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and non-runners, 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Go deeper: The wide Democratic field forces a bigger, longer, rougher 2020 race