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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.

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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.

White House says it expects federal contractors to be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.