Pete Buttigieg tied for 2nd in New Hampshire poll
A new survey in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House puts former Vice President Joe Biden atop the extremely large field of Democratic presidential candidates, with one-time longshot Pete Buttigieg now statistically tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for second place.
Biden has the support of 20 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll released Tuesday. The public opinion survey was conducted entirely after the former vice president’s early Thursday morning launch of his 2020 campaign for the White House.
Sanders, the independent senator from neighboring Vermont, stood at just over 12 percent. Sanders, who’s running a second straight time for the Democratic nomination, crushed eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic primary and sees the state as critical for his 2020 bid.
But Buttigieg, an Afghanistan War veteran and two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana who would become the nation’s first gay president if he makes it to the White House, has soared in polling and media attention the past several weeks. He grabbed the support of just under 12 percent of those questioned in the poll. Taking into account the survey’s sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points for likely Democratic primary voters, Sanders and Buttigieg were all knotted up.
“Buttigieg has become the new young force in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary as he positions himself in the top tier against better known Democrats like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders,” Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos told Fox News.