It turns out that yesterday’s NBC/WSJ poll was no outlier, and that the Socialist moment might well and truly be on Democrats. In today’s Washington Post/ABC national poll, not only has Bernie Sanders taken the lead in the Democratic primary, he gets twice as much support as his closest rival, Joe Biden, at 32/16. The real fight at the moment is for first runner-up, and it’s not with the stars of Iowa and New Hampshire, either:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on the strength of his performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, has surged nationally and now holds a sizable lead over all of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Former vice president Joe Biden, who led Sanders in a Post-ABC national poll in January, has seen a sharp drop in his support after finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Biden is now in a battle for second place with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg, who won the state-delegate-count battle in the Iowa caucuses and came a close second to Sanders in New Hampshire, is in single digits nationally, roughly even with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), whose surprise third-place finish in New Hampshire further scrambled the Democratic contest.
First, let’s remember that where this poll stood just one month ago. Joe Biden had the 32% share of the Democratic primary voters, with Sanders at 23% and Warren coming in third at 12%. Bloomberg, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar were all in single digits, and the latter two still are. If the trends suggest anything, it’s that Bloomberg has succeeded in eating into Biden’s support, while some of that support has also fled to Sanders.