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Joe Biden’s Decline Continues In New Poll, Holds Narrow Lead Over Elizabeth Warren But Support Called ‘Weak’

Jonathan Vankin - Author

Jul. 4 2019, Updated 9:15 a.m. ET

The state of the 2020 Democratic primary race continues to shift a week after the first set of debates among the expansive field of candidates, and so far the big losers have been the front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his closest competitor, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Biden has seen almost five points disappear from his lead since June 28, one week ago, according to the Real Clear Politics average of all polls. Sanders has lost more than two points in the RCP average.

The other loser has been South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has lost more than a point from his average.

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A new poll released on July 4 by The Economist magazine and the research firm YouGov does nothing to dispel those concerns for Biden and Sanders. On the other hand, the new Economist/YouGov poll shows that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and, in particular, California Senator Kamala Harris have made significant gains since last week’s debates.

In fact, in the poll of 631 “likely” voters, Warren has closed to within three points of Biden, whose support fell from 24 percent in the last pre-debate Economist/YouGov poll, to 21 percent in the poll released July 4.

But Warren held at 18 percent in the poll, leaving her just three points off Biden’s pace.


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