Biden falls in poll to tie with Sanders and Warren

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According to a new poll released on Monday, Joe Biden has fallen from his spot as the front-runner in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination; he is now tied with candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Biden, who was polling at 32 percent in June, has dropped to 19 percent. Sanders, who was polling at 15 percent, and Warren, who was polling at 14 percent, have both risen to 20 percent. The Biden campaign has suggested that the poll, conducted by Monmouth University, is an outlier that is contradicted by other measures of the national average.

A left-leaning article published by the Washington Post notes that Biden’s campaign had been leaning on his high polling numbers, releasing a recent ad that stated that the polls agreed that Biden was the best candidate for the job of president. The article also remarks that the Monmouth poll was conducted with a smaller sample size (298 Democratic voters) than other such polls, but that it was accepted by the Democratic National Committee as a valid poll to use to determine whether candidates are eligible to participate in the next round of Democratic debates.

A right-leaning article by Fox News remarks that Warren and Sanders’ rise in the polls reflects a growing support for their progressive agenda by Democratic voters. The article also notes that Biden’s decline in support was across the board, as the poll showed that he lost favor among voters of various genders, education levels, and ideological leanings. The article also quotes the Monmouth University polling director as saying “The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile.”

Centrist coverage of the new poll from USA Today is very brief, simply noting Biden’s decline and Sander’s and Warren’s slight gains in the poll. The article also reminds readers that several Democrats have dropped out of the race after failing to find success in polling and fundraising, most recently Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.