WASHINGTON—Several Democratic figures announced last week that they will not seek the party’s nod in 2020, but their departure from a crowded field has done little to change the race.
According to a Morning Consult survey released Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a national lead with 31 percent while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) follows at 27 percent, unchanged from the previous week.
The latest poll was conducted between March 4-10, the week in which former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) all bowed out.
Brown was expected to run a populist campaign while Bloomberg would have likely leaned into his status as a moderate, both qualities that could have overlapped with a potential Biden run.
Sanders announced his candidacy on February 19 while Biden has flirted with a run for months, but not yet entered the race.
The poll was conducted among 15,226 likely Democratic voters. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.