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A new poll by Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Trump by 11 points in a head-to-head matchup in Pennsylvania.

By the numbers: Sen. Bernie Sanders also leads Trump in the state, a critical battleground for the 2020 race, by 7 points. Other top Democrats, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Beto O'Rourke are closer to Trump — landing within the poll's margin of error in their head-to-head matchups.

The poll's head-to-head results:

  • Biden 53%, Trump 42%
  • Sanders 50%, Trump 43%
  • Warren 47%, Trump 44%
  • Buttigieg 45%, Trump 44%
  • Harris 45%, Trump 45%
  • Trump 46%, O'Rourke 44%

The poll's 2020 Democratic primary results:

  • Biden: 39%
  • Sanders: 13%
  • Harris: 8%
  • Warren: 8%
  • Buttigieg: 6%
  • Booker: 5%
  • O'Rourke: 2%
  • Klobuchar: 1%
  • Everyone else: Less than 1%

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