Elizabeth Warren Surges, Nearly Ties Joe Biden in New National Poll

August 14, 2019 Updated: August 14, 2019

A new poll shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren surging and has nearly tied with former Vice President Joe Biden.

The poll (pdf) was conducted by YouGov for The Economist, showing Biden, the current frontrunner for the 2020 election, neck-in-neck with Warren (D-Mass.).

He had 21 percent support, compared with Warren’s 20 percent support. That’s well within the margin of error.

In third was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), who had 16 percent. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) had 8 percent.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke had 3 percent, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had 5 percent, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) had 2 percent, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) had 2 percent. Notably, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio received 0 percent in the poll.

Despite the new survey, Biden still has a substantial lead in the RealClearPolitics national average.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 8, 2019. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

The former Delaware senator is registering 30.3 percent support, while Warren came in second at 18.5 percent. Sanders rounding had 17.5 percent support.

Last week, a Morning Consult/Politico poll showed Biden had 33 percent support, Warren had 14 percent, and Sanders had 20 percent.

Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 27, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Monmouth University poll of Iowa voters released over the weekend showed Warren at 19 percent support, and Sanders only had 9 percent support. Biden led with 28 percent in that survey.

Sanders’ campaign rejected the idea that he’s losing support to Warren.

“We’re sort of in the phase called the ‘Bernie write-off,’” senior adviser Jeff Weaver said on Aug. 12, according to The Hill. “There seems to be a direct correlation between the media coverage of the polls and Bernie Sanders’s standing in those polls.”

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Democratic presidential hopefuls (from L) author and writer Marianne Williamson, former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, attorney and entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Eric Swalwell, participate in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida on June 27, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

“Polls are one thing, but the energy that is on the ground is most important,” Nina Turner, another campaign staffer, said on the call.

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