Poll: Biden holds 2 point lead over Sanders nationally

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a slim 2-point lead over his closest competitor in the Democratic primary field, according to a poll released Tuesday.

An Emerson poll conducted Oct. 18–21 found Biden in the lead with the support of 27 percent of Democratic primary voters, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) followed closely at 25 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who previously led Sanders in the poll, slid 2 percentage points from the September poll and now sits in third place with 21 percent.

As with other recent polls, no other candidate besides the top three registered support in the double digits. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) came in fourth place in October’s poll with the support of just 6 percent of Democratic primary voters.

Sanders is strongest among younger voters, with 45 percent of the 18–29 age group supporting him, by far the largest of any Democratic candidate. Warren placed second among this group with 17 percent.

Biden had a similar level of support, 44 percent, among voters age 50 and over.

All three of the top-tier Democratic candidates in the poll led President Trump in hypothetical matchups by the same margin: 51 percent to 49 percent.

Emerson’s poll, which contacted 430 registered Democratic primary voters and 1,000 voters overall, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points among Democratic voters and 3 percentage points overall.

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