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President Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden. Photos: Darren Hauck, Mandel Ngan, David McNew, Scott Eisen/Getty Images

At least 6 Democratic presidential hopefuls would defeat President Trump in a head-to-head matchup if it were held now, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll that surveyed 1,214 registered voters nationwide.

The bottom line: In descending order, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Cory Booker all polled higher in a direct one-to-one matchup with Trump.

By the numbers: The phone survey, conducted June 6–10, found...

  • Biden 53%, Trump 40%
  • Sanders 51%, Trump 42%
  • Harris 49%, Trump 41%
  • Warren 49%, Trump 42%
  • Buttigieg 47%, Trump 42%
  • Booker 47%, Trump 42%

In the Democratic primary field, meanwhile, Biden still appears to be dominating. However, he has dropped from 38% in Quinnipiac's April poll to 35% in May and 30% in June. Per Quinnipiac, Democrats or those leaning to Democrat would vote for the following (out of the 24 current candidates and 14% selecting DK/NA) ...

  • Biden: 30% (-5)
  • Sanders: 19% (+3)
  • Warren: 15% (+2)
  • Buttigieg: 8% (+3)
  • Harris: 7% (-1)
  • O'Rourke: 3% (+1)

Methodology: From June 6 - 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,214 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, including the design effect. The survey includes 503 Democrats and Democratic leaners with a margin of error of +/- 5.4 percentage points, including the design effect. <br/>

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Bipartisan group of senators seeks coronavirus stimulus deal

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

At least eight Republican and Democratic senators have formed an informal working group aimed at securing new coronavirus spending during the lame-duck session, a move favored by President-elect Biden, two sources familiar with the group tell Axios.

Why it matters: It may be the most significant bipartisan step toward COVID relief in months.

FCC chairman to depart in January

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Ajit Pai will leave his post as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Jan. 20, the agency said today.

Why it matters: Pai's Inauguration Day departure is in keeping with agency tradition, and could set up the Biden administration with a 2-1 Democratic majority at the FCC if the Senate fails to confirm another Trump nominee during the lame-duck period.

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GM's shrinking deal with Nikola

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

General Motors will no longer take an equity stake in Nikola Corp. or build its pickup truck, under a revised deal that still envisions GM as a key tech supplier for Nikola's planned line of electric and fuel cell heavy trucks.

Driving the news: The revised agreement Monday is smaller in scope than a draft partnership rolled out in September that had included a $2 billion stake in the startup and an agreement to build its Badger pickup.

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