The Democratic Party simply cannot make up its mind regarding the 2020 race.
First, it seemed quite obvious that former Vice President Joe Biden was going to run away with the entire thing. His meteoric entry into the 2020 fray saw him skyrocket to frontrunner quicker than you could ask “can I smell your hair?”.
But that’s all changed now, and Biden is struggling to shrug off a renewed interest in his family’s business in Ukraine, while simultaneously failing to provide any compelling debate performances to speak of.
This has allowed others to pounce, including the much-expected rise of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
But now there’s a newcomer in the so-called “top tier”…at least according to a recent Iowa poll.
A new poll in the state that kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar in just three months shows an airtight race among the top four contenders for the Democratic nomination.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts stands at 22 percent among likely Democratic caucus voters in Iowa, according to a New York Times/Siena College survey released on Friday. Fellow progressive lawmaker and populist champion Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is at 19 percent in the poll, with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 18 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden at 17 percent.
Warren’s 3 percentage point edge over Sanders is within the poll’s margin of error, as is Buttigieg’s edge over Biden. But the standing of the South Bend mayor reflects a steady surge in Iowa support in recent weeks, up from single digits as recently as September.
Buttigeig’s rise in the polls is a surprising development, to say the least, as the only openly gay candidate in the race who himself has been accused of having too little support among people of color.
If this poll tells us anything, however, it’s that Joe Biden may very well have been a bust.
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