Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has taken a commanding lead over former Vice President Joe Biden in the latest straw poll of members of the progressive group Democracy for America.
Biden, who was second to Sanders in DFA’s first 2020 straw poll, dropped behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., while former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, dropped from third to seventh. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg placed third in the poll, while Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., placed fifth and former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, came in sixth.
- Sanders: 42.3 percent
- Warren: 10.51 percent
- Buttigieg: 9.71 percent
- Biden: 7.87 percent
- Harris: 6.8 percent
- Gravel: 6.27 percent
- O’Rourke: 3.46 percent
In the group’s first survey, released last December, showed Sanders in first, followed by Biden, O’Rourke, Warren and Harris.
“While these new poll results show Bernie Sanders retaining and even strengthening his support among progressives, the big shifts in support for the broad field of candidate we’ve seen over the last three months make it clear that Democracy for America members are very open to changing their minds, discovering new candidates, and reevaluating potential nominees based on the campaign they run in the months ahead,” Democracy for America Chairman Charles Chamberlain told Politico statement.
According to DFA, 94,641 members cast votes in the poll from April 1 to April 19.