Sanders takes lead in Iowa less than a month before vote

Monday, 13 Jan, 2020

A new poll shows President Trump trailing five of the Democratic presidential candidates in MI - a key battleground state.

The poll is good news for Sanders, who increased his standing by 5 percentage points since the last Des Moines Register poll in November 2019.

Nationally, however, Biden still holds a commanding lead over the rest of the Democratic field with Sanders - his closest challenger - lagging nine points behind.

Newsweek has reached out to the Sanders and Biden campaigns for comment on the Vermont senator's lead.

While Biden has largely stayed mum on Sanders' attacks in recent days, Warren's broadside sets the potential for a debate-stage clash in which he'll likely be attacked by multiple opponents.

Another billionaire who has weak support in Iowa but is also spending heavily on ads and rising in the polls elsewhere is former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "He leads, but it's not an uncontested lead".

Williamson dropped out of the race after the poll was announced Friday.

Voters in the Hawkeye State will see the candidates go head to head only one more time before they go to the caucuses to make their final decision.

"Warren responded to the script on Sunday, stating that she's known Sanders for a long time and "[hopes] Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction". He leads, but it's not an uncontested lead, ' pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., told the Des Moines Register.

Buttigieg, the Post added, "has said that as African Americans get to know him, he will gain more support, but the poll undercuts that assertion".

Kristen Marttila braved sub-freezing temperatures on Saturday to knock on doors in Mason City, Iowa, trying to convince voters to cast their lot with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in the state's nominating contest on February 3. "We need someone who will bring our party together", she told reporters after a campaign event in Iowa. Sanders remarked on the recent news about the killing of Iranian General Qasem Solemiani before talking about domestic issues and taking questions.

The poll, released on CNN and DesMoinesRegister.com, asked likely Democratic caucusgoers their top choice for president among 14 candidates for their party's nomination.

The poll surveyed 701 likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa on January 2-8, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, suggesting the race in the Hawkeye State remains wide open. The poll found that he had the support of just 1% of the potential Iowa voters.

Six candidates have qualified for the debate: Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, US Senator Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer.