Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Presidential hopeful and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has soared to the top of the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll of 2020 Democratic candidates, released Saturday evening.

The big picture: He's the first choice for 25% of Democratic caucus-goers polled in the latest survey — with a 9-point lead over his closest rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg also topped a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday, where he's the favored candidate among 22% of those surveyed.

Between the lines: Buttigieg's surge comes on the back of significant "investment of time and money in Iowa," reports CNN, which notes that he's spent the past few months building "one of the largest on-the-ground operations in the state, supplemented by a robust advertising campaign and strong public appearances."

Worth noting: While former Vice President Joe Biden has continued to slip in the poll that he thrice led at the start of the 2020 caucus cycle, he's still regarded by those surveyed as the candidate who's "almost certain to beat" President Trump (25%).

By the numbers: The results from Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll:

  • Buttigieg: 25%
  • Warren: 16%
  • Biden: 15%
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: 15%
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar: 6%
  • Sen. Cory Booker: 3%
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: 3%
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: 3%
  • Tom Steyer: 3%
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang: 3%
  • Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg: 2%
  • All other candidates received 1% or less

Read the full poll results:

Go deeper: Pete Buttigieg on the issues, in under 500 words

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Go deeper

The Democratic fight to shape Biden's climate policy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Left-wing climate activists don't want Joe Biden getting advice from people with credentials they don't like — and they're increasingly going public with their campaign.

Why it matters: Nobody is confusing Biden with President Trump, and his climate platform goes much further than anything contemplated in the Obama years.

16 mins ago - Sports

Factions form with college football season in the balance

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

With college football on the brink, Monday saw an outpouring of support for playing a fall season from numerous parties, including President Trump, Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Yes, but: Monday also saw the Mountain West Conference become the second FBS league to postpone fall sports, and the Big Ten and Pac-12 are expected to make the same decision as early as this morning.

Democrats announce full list of convention speakers

Barack and Michelle Obama at a 2017 Obama Foundation event. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will headline two nights of the Democratic National Convention, according to a full list of speakers released by the party on Tuesday.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Margaret Talev: It signals how much the Democratic Party is still the party of Barack Obama — and how strongly Biden’s team feels the Obamas can validate his vice presidential choice and energize the party’s base.