Who will the Democrat Party send forward to challenge President Trump in 2020? Well, they still do not know, but a new CNN poll could help potential candidates gain some insight into how well they are stacked against other potential candidates.
Topping the list is former Vice President Joe Biden who garnered 30 percent of the vote.
After serving eight years in the White House under the Obama administration, Biden could look to carry his experience and national recognition into the Democratic primary.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came in second place on the poll, though only garnering 14 percent of the vote.
Sanders ran for the Democrat Party nomination in the 2016 presidential campaign, ultimately losing to Hillary Clinton. Some of his supporters argue that he was cheated out of the primary election due to alleged rigging by the DNC.
Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who lost his recent senatorial election effort to incumbent Senator Ted Cruz, came in third on the poll with only 9 percent of the vote.
“After O’Rourke, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) grabbed 5% of the vote; California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren both plunged five points since October and rest below 5%,” the Daily Wire reports.
Warren has been in a bit of a freefall on the poll, losing 5 percentage points from the 8 percent she held in October to the 3 percent she has now. Previously, she scored above O’Rourke, Booker, former Secretary of State John Kerry, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (Bloomberg and Klobuchar each received 3 percent on the current CNN poll, tying Warren).
Here’s more from the Daily Wire:
Warren is even underwater with the voters: 32% of voters saw her unfavorably, 30% favorably. CNN notes, “The poll finds 51% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say it would be better for the party if one strong candidate emerged early on as the clear front-runner for the nomination, while 41% said they’d prefer a number of strong candidates to compete for the nod.”
In 2015, 53% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they preferred a number of strong candidates. 57% of voters identifying as Democrats want one strong candidate to come to the top quickly; 50% of independents want a bigger crop of candidates.
Rep. John Delaney of Maryland is the only fully declared candidate in the field of polled candidates, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced earlier this week that he is forming an exploratory committee. Neither earns 1% in the poll. Others have taken public, though not formal, steps toward running, and several have already made visits to the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
O’Rourke, the only candidate to make significant gains since CNN last polled on the race in October, said late last month that he hasn’t ruled out a run for president, a shift from his flat denials of a run for the White House during his unsuccessful campaign for Senate earlier this year.
Among all adults, the top tier candidates are generally viewed more positively than negatively. Warren is one exception. She is a frequent target of President Donald Trump, and views of Warren tilt narrowly negative: 32% see her unfavorably, 30% favorably.
Biden has all but cemented his position at the top of the poll and has held the position for months. Reuters reports Biden received 29 percent of the support during a poll the publication held in November.
The Washington Post similarly reported that exit polling from the November congressional elections had Biden at the top with 32 percent of the vote; Sanders again took second with 15 percent of the vote; Harris, Warren, and Bloomberg each garnered 10 percent on the poll and O’Rourke followed them with 9 percent.
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