A new poll released at the weekend has former Vice President Joe Biden at the top in Iowa of Democrats competing in the state’s caucus, the first contest of the 2020 election.
Only four other candidates commanded more than 2% in the poll.
According to a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll, Biden is the top choice for 24% of likely Democratic caucus participants, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 16%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 15% and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14%.
California Sen. Kamala Harris rounded out the top five at 7%. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas both polled at 2%. All other candidates polled at 1% or below.
In an early March poll before Biden entered the race, he led the way with 27% of likely Democratic caucus participants saying he was their top choice. He was followed by Sanders at 25%, Warren at 9%, Harris at 7%, O’Rourke at 5% and Buttigieg at 1%.
The caucuses in Iowa are not until February.
The poll found there are eight candidates who are either one of the top two choices or actively being considered by at least 30% of caucus goers who plan to participate in person. Woodard said the next few months will be critical for how campaigns strategize in Iowa.