- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders led the crowded — and growing — pack of potential 2020 presidential contenders in a new poll released Tuesday.

Democracy for America, a progressive-leaning group, surveyed its members over the course of two weeks and found that Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent and a leader of the democratic socialist movement, had a clear lead.

While he didn’t have the majority with only 36 percent of the results, the two runner-ups — former Vice President Joe Biden and outgoing Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democrat — were only polling in the low teens.

The interactive results page allows users to eliminate certain candidates to create various potential primary races.

Mr. Sanders, Mr. Biden and Mr. O’Rourke were also top contenders in another poll released late last week, geared toward the Iowa Caucus, which will be the first primary race for the 2020 election.

In that survey, conducted by the Des Moines Register and CNN, Mr. Biden was the clear favorite with 32 percent of those likely to attend the Democratic caucus throwing him their support. Mr. Sanders followed with 32 percent and Mr. O’Rourke with 11 percent.

While none have officially come forward announcing their bids for the presidency, each Democratic star has signaled their interest.

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