February 19, 2020

FEELS LIKE ’72 ALL OVER AGAIN: Sanders Leads Democratic Primary Field as Biden Slips, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds.

WSJ paywall, so I’ll break out the important part:

Mr. Sanders had 27% support among Democratic primary voters nationally in the new survey, the same as in January. Mr. Biden, who previously had 26%, has dropped 11 percentage points since last month.

Mr. Biden is bunched closely with Mr. Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who each have 14% support, and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with 13%. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has 7%.

The four-way tie for second place shows that Democrats enter their third nominating contest, Saturday’s caucuses in Nevada, with the race for the party’s political center unsettled.

As in prior surveys, about 40% of Democrats say their top choice is one of the most ardent liberals, Mr. Sanders or Ms. Warren, with 45% to 50% picking a more centrist candidate. The difference now is that more candidates are dividing the party’s self-described centrist voters, while Mr. Sanders has expanded his lead over Ms. Warren among liberals.

At the rate he’s losing support, Biden might be lucky to finish third in Nevada on Saturday. He was up bigly there throughout 2019 but is now neck and neck with Warren for second place.

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