Now that the first round of Democratic debates is behind us, a new poll shows 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris in the top tier of Democrat candidates with a shocking 13-point jump, essentially tying Joe Biden for first place. This is according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Tuesday, which surveyed 554 Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters June 28 through July 1.
Harris’s aggressive debate showing is paying off dividends, according to Quinnipiac, showing 20 percent support which puts her firmly in second place among the gazillion Democrat candidates running for president. With a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points, she is statistically tied with presumed frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden, who now clocks in with his narrowest lead to date of only 22 percent.
Next in line are Elizabeth Warren who barely beats Bernie Sanders for third place in the poll, with 14 and 13 percent respectively. Mayor Pete Buttigieg comes in fifth with only four percent support.
Quinnipiac notes that these results reveal significant changes in 2020 Dems rankings shift in the last three weeks.
As Breitbart reports:
This compares to a June 11, 2019 Quinnipiac University Poll which had Biden at 30 percent, Sanders getting 19 percent, Warren with 15 percent, Buttigieg at 8 percent, and Harris with 7 percent.
“Round 1 of the Democratic debates puts Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden on two different trajectories, as support for Harris surges but continues to slip for Biden,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said, adding that his lead has “evaporated.”
“There are other red flags for him in areas where he still leads, including double digit drops among Democrats and Democratic leaners who view him as the best leader, or as the best candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020,” she added.
Despite Harris’s surge, Democrat voters still consider Biden their best bet at successfully challenging President Trump.
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“Democrats and Democratic leaners were also asked which candidate they thought had the best chance of winning against President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, regardless of who they support in the primary,” Breibart also notes. “Biden tops the field with 42 percent, which is a drop from the 56 percent that he received on April 30. Harris comes in a distant second with 14 percent in today’s poll, up from 2 percent in April. Sanders receives 13 percent, and no other candidate reaches double digits.”
If the field was scrambled this much after just the first Democratic debate, what might the second round bring?
More importantly, is Joe Biden even going to be able to hold on?