The latest Monmouth poll shows Sanders, of Vermont, and Warren, of MA, tied at 20% and Biden at 19% in the presidential preferences of registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters. Biden stands at 19 percent. Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden.
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Murray also added that the shift represents increased attention to the Democratic nomination contest. The current survey was in the field from August 19 to 25, 2019. Sign up here to get a weekly email with all of VTDigger's reporting on politics. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The difference among the candidates is well within the poll's margin of error of 5.7 percentage points. Sanders saw the biggest leap since the last poll, up 6 points now.
Another important piece of data from Morning Consult: It appears Biden's success in the polls no longer can be chalked up chiefly to high name recognition.
Trailing in fourth place was U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris, with 8 percent. While a media narrative is developing that it's a three-person race, it's entirely possible that one or more of the candidates now in single digits in the polls will leap up in the weeks ahead.