NEW POLL: Biden Retakes Top Spot, May Have Finally Hit His Stride

Former Vice President Joe Biden may have finally hit his stride in the Democratic primary process as it moves towards key swing states which prefer more moderate candidates.

Biden, who underperformed in Iowa and New Hampshire, has surged to a huge lead in the latest primary poll in Florida. He also took second place in the Nevada primary contest.

“The poll shows Biden pulling ahead of the pack in the Sunshine State with 35 percent support,” the Hill reports.

Bloomberg took second place with 25 percent of the vote and current delegate leader Bernie Sanders polled third at 13 percent.

The Hill adds:

No other candidate registered double-digit support in the survey. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg finished with about 8 percent support, while Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) registered 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

The St. Pete poll, conducted from Feb. 25 to 26, suggests that Bloomberg’s political stock has taken a hit in the wake of the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas last week, when he came under frequent attack from his rivals and struggled to fend off criticism of his mayoral record, treatment of women and controversial past comments.

As some members of the Democratic Party are worried about what Sanders potentially winning the nomination means, the National Journal reports “Joe Biden’s the only Democrat who can stop Sanders.”

According to the report, Biden has “broad enough appeal within the Democratic Party to prevail in a one-on-one fight with the socialist Vermont senator.”

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The report adds:

Here’s the reality: Outside of Biden, no other Sanders opponent has any real support with nonwhite voters. For that very reason, public polling shows that every more-moderate alternative, from Michael Bloomberg to Pete Buttigieg, would be embarrassed in a one-on-one matchup against Sanders. This month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed Bloomberg getting crushed by 20 points against Sanders, 57 to 37 percent. Buttigieg fared little better, trailing by 16 points (54-38 percent) if afforded the chance to take on Sanders directly.

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