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Sanders the standout 2020 presidential pick in progressive straw poll

Bernie Sanders is the runaway leader in a new poll of progressives.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the runaway preferred 2020 Democratic presidential candidate for progressive activists, a Democracy for America survey published early Tuesday shows.

Details: In the online survey of 96,641 DFA members, Sanders achieved 42.3% support — 30 points ahead of his closest rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (10.52%).

By the numbers: In the first DFA poll in December, Sanders led at 36.2%, with former Vice President Joe Biden second with 15%. Biden's support has now slumped to 8%, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's soared from nowhere to 3rd spot, with 9.7% support.

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