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Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the Democratic presidential primary field, according to a new national poll. 

Biden is supported by 24 percent of registered Democrats and independents, based on a Reuters-Ipsos poll released Thursday. 

Biden is closely trailed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has 20 percent support, based on the poll. 

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Both candidates saw an uptick in support from a Reuters-Ipsos poll released last month that showed Biden with 19 percent support and Sanders at 14 percent support. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) maintained her third place spot behind Sanders, at 12 percent. It’s a 3-point increase in support for Warren since last month’s poll. 

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s support increased by 6 points to 10 percent, leapfrogging ahead of former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7 percent. Buttigieg’s support increased 1 point since last month’s poll. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is behind them at 3 percent, based on the poll. 

The results of the national poll were released less than two weeks before primary voting season will kick off with the Iowa caucus. The poll, however, indicates the ranking may change. 

Only 43 percent of registered voters surveyed said they are locked in on their choice, based on the poll. 

The Reuters-Ipsos poll surveyed 1,108 adults, including 545 people who identified as registered voters and affiliated either as an independent or a Democrat. The results have a credibility interval of about 5 percentage points.

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