Buttigieg and Sanders hold slim lead in poll ahead of Iowa vote

epa08188725 Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg campaigns to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee at Northwest Jr. High in Coralville, Iowa, USA, 02 February 2020. The first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses are on 03 February 2020. EPA-EFE/GARY HE

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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hold a slim lead in a last-minute poll of Iowa Democratic voters released Monday, showing a close-fought race just hours before the caucus doors open.

The new poll, conducted for the Democratic group Focus on Rural America by party pollster David Binder, found Buttigieg leading the field with 19 percent of the vote. Sanders trailed with 17 percent of the vote, a statistically insignificant disadvantage.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each took 15 percent of the vote, suggesting downward trajectories for two candidates who had led earlier surveys conducted by the same pollster. Warren’s share declined 3 points from the early January survey, while Biden’s support dropped by 9 points.

Via The Hill

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