Bernie, Biden, And Warren Top The latest Poll Of Democratic Presidential Candidates

Chris Fox
February 14, 2020 - 3:31 pm
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AUSTIN (KRLD) - There’s a new leader in the latest University of Texas poll of Democratic Presidential candidates in Texas. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is now ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden by 2 percentage points with the support of 24-percent of eligible voters in Texas. Biden slips to second in the poll with 22 percent, Elizabeth Warren is third with 15-percent and Michael Bloomberg debuts at 4th with 10-percent.

Jim Henson, the director of UT’s Texas Politics Projects says Sanders made a big jump from 12 percent back in October. “He's undoubtedly generated enthusiasm among young people and among progressives in the party, on the other hand, there are still a lot of votes distributed among other candidates, so it's a little unclear where Sanders goes from here.”

As for the decline of support for VP Biden in Texas, Henson says his campaign is clearly struggling. “It's not met many of the expectations that were set for it, but I think what we may be seen as less a wholesale collapse of the Biden campaign than a more complicated phenomenon, which, you know, Biden was maybe overestimated from day one.”

Another surprise in the new poll is the successful debut of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In his first UT poll as a Presidential candidate he garnered 10-percent of the vote. Henson says Bloomberg’s strong showing is reflective of the amount of money he’s been spending in Texas. “You know, anytime somebody can spend an unlimited amount of money and they have some kind of an argument to make, which Bloomberg does and enters the race with some degree of name recognition, you're bound to have an impact.”

Iowa Caucus winner, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg landed in 5th in the UT poll with 5-percent.

The UT Poll: https://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/set/democratic-presidential-primary-vote-choice-february-2020