According to a new poll, self-described “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders is now leading the pack of Democratic 2020 hopefuls in a key primary state.
News outlets are reporting that a new poll of Democratic voters in New Hampshire shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the field in this critical first-in-the-nation primary state.
Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who’s making his second bid for the presidency, has the support of 29 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State, according to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald Poll released Wednesday 9/11.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the frontrunner in most national and early-state polls until now, stands at 21 percent in this poll. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of neighboring Massachusetts, who, like Sanders, is a progressive standard-bearer in the field of White House hopefuls, registered at 17 percent in the poll.
This as 10 of the Democratic candidates, including Sanders, Biden and Warren, are poised to take the debate stage Thursday night – setting up the first major ideological battle in the nominating race between the more moderate and progressive wings of the party.
Biden campaign staffers are not making much of the poll, attributing Sanders and Warren’s uptick to their connections to the neighboring New England states of Vermont and Massachusetts.
The New Hampshire poll puts Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 6 percent support, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang both at 5 percent, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii at 3 percent, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas at 2 percent. Every other candidate mentioned in the survey registered at 1 percent or less.
The poll sampled 425 likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.