- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Presidential candidate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden extended his front-runner lead in his first poll Monday following his official entrance into the race.

In the latest Morning Consult poll, Mr. Biden polled at 36% nationwide, rising from 30% just last week. He has a larger lead among Democrats in the early polling states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, coming in at 38%.

Mr. Biden was followed by typical second-placer Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont at 22%.

The big surprise of this poll is South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg being knocked out of the top three by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who came in at 9% compared to Mr. Buttigieg’s 8%.

Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California received 7%, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas came in at 5%, Sen. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey clocked in at 3% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and entrepreneur Andrew Yang both received 2%.

Everyone else received 1%, except for Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, who received 0%.

Currently, there are 20 presidential candidates in the race to challenge Mr. Trump in the 2020 election, with the first Iowa caucus being held on Feb. 3, 2020.

The poll was conducted among 15,475 potential Democratic voters from April 22-28 with a margin of error of plus or minus 1%.

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