Joe Biden’s lead slips in Democratic field, Iowa poll shows

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United States Doubts are growing over the likelihood of Joe Biden winning the Democratic presidential nomination after polls showed his support slipping in Iowa, always an important state. Joe Biden resides at the top, followed by a rung that includes Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN poll shows. With Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders each eating up a big percentage of voter support (27% and 15%, respectively), the majority of candidates are now scrapping for morsels.

Cory Booker, spending the weekend in Iowa with most of the other Democratic candidates, is far off the leaders in the most recent poll of likely participants in the first test of 2020.

There are now enough Democratic presidential candidates to play for both sides of a professional football game. The California senator Kamala Harris was the only other candidate to poll above 5%, with half as much support as Buttigieg.

The cattle call here marked the first time that most of the candidates were in the same place at the same time.

A proponent of the measure for four decades, Biden announced on Thursday that he had changed his support of the bill, which prohibits federal funding from paying for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or a life-threatening pregnancy.

On Sunday, 19 of the 23 candidates went to Cedar Rapids to speak at the Iowa Democratic Party's "Hall of Fame" event.

"I understand there are some well-intentioned Democrats and candidates who believe the best way forward is a middle-ground strategy that antagonizes no one, that stands up to nobody and that changes nothing", Sanders said.

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Interestingly, Warren had the highest favorability rating, 71 percent.

"So I think support [for Trump] is going to strengthen as we get closer to the election", Haines said.

Digging into the poll must give Biden, making his third run for the White House, a familiar sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is also struggling to break through despite having campaigned throughout Iowa, said the race "is a marathon not a sprint". Just 1% of those who are likely to attend in-person said affirmatively that they were considering every single candidate in the field, and no one who plans to attend virtually said the same. The two states also will help kill off many campaigns.

"There's always been a question mark as to how many can get any real traction", Ms Selzer said.

"In my view that approach is not just bad public policy but it is a failed political strategy that I feel could end up with the re-election of Donald Trump", Sanders said.

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