South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is now leading the Democratic presidential primary in Iowa, a state which often determines who will ultimately win the nomination.
According to a report from the Western Journal, Buttigieg soared past nationwide frontrunners like former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The South Bend mayor’s 22 percent was a massive jump from the 8 percent he received in the same poll conducted in August. This surge seems to come at the expense of Biden who dropped from 26 percent in August (when he led the poll) to 19 percent in the November poll. Warren closely followed at 18 percent, down from the 20 percent she held in August. Sanders received 13 percent, an 8 percent jump from August. No other candidate received more than 5 percent of the vote.
NEW Iowa Monmouth poll, @PeteButtigieg in top slot —->
Buttigieg – 22%
Biden – 19%
Warren – 18%
Sanders – 13%
Klobuchar – 5%
Harris – 3%
Steyer – 3%
Yang – 3%
Everyone else at 2% or below.
— Elena Schneider (@ec_schneider) November 12, 2019
The poll also asked its “451 Iowa voters who are likely to attend the Democratic presidential caucuses in February 2020” who their second choice would be for the nomination.
Scoring both first and second choices, Buttigieg still topped the chart with 37 percent. Warren took second with 35 percent. Biden and Sanders were next with 29 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
IOWA DEM CAUCUS POLL: #2020Dem preference:
1st choice (1st+2nd combined)
— MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll) November 12, 2019
The Western Journal reports the poll also asked participants on a candidate’s favorability, which Buttigieg also scored the highest marks.
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Buttigieg also had the highest favorability rating among Democratic presidential candidates in the state, at 73 percent.
“Buttigieg is emerging as a top pick for a wide variety of Iowa Democrats,” Murray said.
“While he has made nominally bigger gains among older caucusgoers, you really can’t pigeonhole his support to one particular group. He is doing well with voters regardless of education or ideology.”
Buttigieg could be polling well as he is specifically campaigning to members on both sides of the aisle and independents who want a change in Washington, Politico reports:
At town halls during his latest swing across New Hampshire, Buttigieg name-checked “future former Republicans” in the same breath as “progressives and moderates … ready for some kind of change.” His organizers are targeting independent voters from the new field offices Buttigieg opened this fall. And while Buttigieg is polling well in both Iowa and New Hampshire right now, jockeying for first place in the caucus state and breaking into double-digits in several recent polls of each state, the presence of non-Democrats in the New Hampshire Democratic primary — unlike Iowa’s closed caucus system — could prove decisive in a tight Democratic nominating race that has divided sharply along ideological lines in recent months.
“We’re running in the Democratic primary and I’m running on the values that make me a Democrat, but there is room for a lot of people,” Buttigieg said. “We’re definitely going to make sure we’re reaching out and cultivating folks who are ready to cross sides.”
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg was also considered on the poll as he recently filed a bid for the presidency but hardly made an impact with the Iowan voters, the Western Journal adds:
Bloomberg had less than 1 percent support in the poll, and his unfavorability rating is at 48 percent, compared with just 17 percent of respondents who said they view him favorably.
“Reports suggest that Bloomberg will skip the February contests if he does get into the race,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth Polling Institute, said.
“With dismal numbers like these, it’s easy to see why,” Murray said. “But I really cannot imagine that Democrats in the Super Tuesday states would be significantly more receptive to him than Iowa voters.”