The battle for the democratic nomination in 2020 has been largely dominated by just a few of the twenty-some liberals who make up the crowded field.
Joe Biden has long been considered the frontrunner, unsurprisingly. His time serving as Vice President under democratically popular President Barack Obama has certainly weighed heavy on the minds of the liberal left, and his alleged ability to pry centrist, midwestern voters away from Donald Trump has kept him competitive through a number of hearty scandals.
Now, however, as Biden comes under serious attack from both the White House and his fellow candidates, a few of the former dark horses of the 2020 race are gaining steam and even surpassing the former shoe-in in places such as California.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is continuing to rise in the polls, dominating the field in California with an eight-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who overtook Joe Biden (D), according to a Capitol Weekly Tracking Poll released Monday.
The monthly tracking poll, conducted by Political Data Inc., surveyed 599 likely Democrat voters September 1-13, 2019, and found Warren in a commanding lead with 29 percent support. Sanders came in eight points behind with 21 percent support, causing Biden to fall to third with 18 percent support.
Once again, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) failed to crack into the top tier of candidates in her home state, garnering just 11 percent of the vote. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) came in fifth place with seven percent support, followed by Andrew Yang (D) with four percent support, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) with two percent support, and Beto O’Rourke with two percent support.
Warren has been on a steady rise within the democratic polls for several weeks now, as she has largely avoided the controversies that Joe Biden’s behavior and Bernie Sanders’ policies are creating.
In a hypothetical matchup with the President there are serious concerns that Liz Warren could be badgered by her Cherokee heritage mishap – something that Donald Trump was relentless about in previous months.