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2020 Dems: Buttigieg leapfrogs Warren, Harris, O’Rourke to No. 3

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/15/2019 Paul Bedard
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Newly minted 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has surged to third in a new national survey, jumping over more established candidates in just one month.

He sits at 9 percent in the latest Emerson Poll out Monday. That puts him at third, behind Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. They are ahead by a wide margin, with Sanders at 29 percent and Biden at 24 percent.

In the same poll a month ago, the South Bend, Ind., mayor was in sixth place, with just 3 percent of the Democratic vote. He was behind Biden and Sanders, tied in first, then Sen. Kamala Harris, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

What’s more, he was at 0 percent two months ago.

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In a note, Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson Polling, said “while still early in the nominating process, it looks like Mayor Pete is the candidate capturing voters’ imagination; the numbers had him at 0 percent in mid-February, 3 percent in March and now at 9 percent in April.”

Buttigieg announced his candidacy on Sunday.


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