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Pete Buttigieg soars to first place in a new Iowa poll



  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has skyrocketed to first place in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa.
  • Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points since September to garner a whopping 25% support.
  • The other frontrunners are essentially competing for second place, with former Vice President Joe Biden polling at 16% support, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts polling at 15% each.
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged far ahead of the other Democratic presidential candidates, according to a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of of likely Iowa caucusgoers.

Buttigieg has garnered a whopping 25% support — a hike of 16 percentage points since just September.

He is far ahead of the other leading candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Biden is polling at 16% among the likely Iowa caucusgoers, while Sanders and Warren are competing for third place at 15% support apiece.

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Biden, Warren, and Sanders were essentially tied for second place in a November Iowa poll.
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Warren previously led the pack in the last CNN/Des Moines Register poll in September, when she had 22% support.

The poll was conducted by telephone between November 8 and 13, with 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers participating. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Only 11 candidates garnered more than 2% support, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota polling at 6%, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, billionaire Tom Steyer, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang each polling at 3%.

Even former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the cut, polling at 2% despite the fact that he hasn’t yet declared his candidacy.

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