Biden has an overwhelming lead in the first 3 nominating contests, polls...

Biden has an overwhelming lead in the first 3 nominating contests, polls say

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WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden has an overwhelming lead over the other 20 Democratic presidential candidates in the three states that will hold the first nominating contests of the 2020 election season, according to polls released Monday.

Firehouse Strategies surveyed 1,695 likely voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina from April 30-May 2. The polls show that Biden’s closest rival in each contest is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

In Iowa, 35% of the respondents said they support Biden and 14% said they support Sanders.

Eleven percent said they support South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Ten percent said they support Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.). Five percent said they support Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.). Three-and-a-half-percent said they support Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.). Three percent said they support former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas). Two percent said they support Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.). Meanwhile, 16% said they support other candidates or are not sure whom they support.

The survey included 576 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

In New Hampshire, 34% said they support Biden and 15% said they support Sanders.

Ten percent said they support Buttigieg. Nine percent said they support Warren. Seven percent said they support Harris. Three percent said they support O’Rourke. One-and-three-tenths percent said they support Klobuchar. One-and-two-tenths-percent said they support Booker. Meanwhile, 19% said they support other candidates or are not sure whom they support.

The survey included 551 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

In South Carolina, 48% of the respondents said they support Biden and 12% said they support Sanders.

Five percent said they support Buttigieg. Four-and-a-half percent said they support Warren. Four-and-three-tenths percent said they support Warren. One percent said they support O’Rourke. Meanwhile, 20% said they support other candidates or are not sure whom they support.

The survey included 568 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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