Poll: Biden has a solid lead among Democratic primary voters

Poll: Biden has a solid lead among Democratic primary voters

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WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden has a solid lead among Democratic presidential primary and caucus voters, according to a poll released Friday.

The NBC News/SurveyMonkey National Poll found that 25% of the respondents said they support Biden.

Meanwhile, 19% said they support Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The same percentage said they support Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

Fourteen percent said they support Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif).

Eight percent said they support South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The other 18 candidates polled at 3% or below.

The survey included 5,548 Democrat and Democratic-leaning registered voters, and was conducted online July 2-16. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The poll comes ahead of the second round of debates of the 2020 election season.

CNN will host the debates. They are scheduled to take place in Detroit on the evenings of Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31.

The first debate will feature:

Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Reps. Beto O’Rourke (Texas) and John Delaney (Md.), Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), Gov. Steve Bullock (Mont.), former Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colo.), and author and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson. This debate will be Bullock’s first for the campaign; he did not have enough support to participate in the earlier debates.

The second debate will include:

Joe Biden, Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker (N.J.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Gov. Jay Inslee (Wash.), former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.) and Miramar, Fla. Mayor Wayne Messam did not meet the threshold in polls to qualify for the debates.

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