Feb 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Polls show Buttigieg bounce after debate night

Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Former Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg moved into a statistical tie with Sen. Bernie Sanders among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, in a Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll released Friday night.

By the numbers: Buttigieg is at 25% and Sanders polls at 24%. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was at 14% and Joe Biden was only at 11%. The margin of error is 4.4 points.

  • That continues the Buttigieg bounce seen in these earlier polls:
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Screenshots via MSNBC

Flashback: On the debate stage in New Hampshire last night, Buttigieg and Sanders traded barbs after the Vermont senator doubled down on his previous allegation that Buttigieg has courted billionaire donors.

  • Buttigieg called Sanders out at the debate for having "politics that says if you don't go all the way to edge, it doesn't count" and accused Sanders of beating people over the head with political views that don't bring people together.
  • Buttigieg held a razor-thin margin over Sanders in the final Iowa caucus results, but AP and the New York Times have reported inaccuracies and errors amid delays in the process from a software error in a vote-tallying app.
  • Sanders and Buttigieg both claimed wins in the Iowa caucuses.

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What to watch for at tonight's Democratic debate

Candidates at the last Democratic debate in Iowa. Photo: Robyn Beck/Getty Images

The biggest story heading into New Hampshire is Pete Buttigieg's meteoric rise, which has the potential to shift the dynamics of the primary field and is rattling his rivals to his left and right.

The state of play: Following his strong showing in Iowa, Buttigieg jumped 12 percentage points in a New Hampshire poll between Monday (the day of the Iowa caucus) and Thursday, and his opponents are saying his name more regularly in their stump speeches throughout the state.

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Sanders accuses Buttigieg of courting billionaires after Iowa caucuses

Sanders and Buttigieg. Photos: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images and Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders disparaged former Mayor Pete Buttigieg for courting billionaire donors at Saint Anslem College on Friday, then doubled down on his remarks on Twitter.

Driving the news: Sanders and Buttigieg both claimed wins in the Iowa caucuses — a major test of 2020 candidates' voter appeal — on Thursday, despite evidence of inaccurate and error-riddled results reported by AP and the New York Times.

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.

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