Sanders leads by double digits as Biden sinks, Bloomberg rises


WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders has opened up a double digit lead nationally over his closest rivals in the Democratic presidential primary, where Michael Bloomberg’s rise appears to have scrambled the race, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.

The Vermont senator has the support of 27% of Democratic primary voters, a figure which is unchanged from January, the survey found. Sanders’ unchanged support comes despite having won a decisive victory in New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary last week, and an apparent win in Iowa’s chaotic caucus the week before.

Below is a list of the NBC/WSJ results for support among likely Democratic primary voters, followed by the shift in support since the poll was last conducted in January.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.: 27%, unchanged.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: 15%, down 11 pts
  • Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg: 14%, up 5 pts 
  • Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.: 14%, down 1 pt
  • Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg: 13%, up 6 pts
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.: 7%, up 2 pts
  • Tom Steyer: 2%, unchanged
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-HI: 1%, down 1 pt

Twelve points behind Sanders is former Vice President Joe Biden, whose support in the poll has plummeted to 15% in the past month, down from a previous figure of 26%. Following closely behind Biden is the billionaire former mayor of New York City, with 14% support, tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

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