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Buttigieg surges to second place in Iowa

June 8, 2019: South Bend, Indiana Mayor and Democratic candidate for President Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Capital City Pride Festival Meet the Candidates Forum in Des Moines.
June 8, 2019: South Bend, Indiana Mayor and Democratic candidate for President Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Capital City Pride Festival Meet the Candidates Forum in Des Moines.Photo: Shutterstock

Out presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has surged to second place in Iowa according to the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is in first place.

20 percent of likely caucus-goers support Buttigieg; 28 percent support Warren. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) ranked third and former Vice President Joe Biden came in fourth.

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The poll continually surveys the same pool of voters each month to get a view of how opinions change about candidates and allegiances shift. Last month, Buttigieg was in fourth place while Biden and Sanders tied for second.

The poll also asks who voters do not want to win the nomination. Biden and Sanders topped the list while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) came in third. The Congresswoman, who had to immediately apologize to the LGBTQ community for her previous involvement with her father’s viciously anti-LGBTQ ministry, was indirectly accused of being a “Russian asset” by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week.

Iowa is the first state to hold a primary election, which gives it outsized importance. Candidates want a good showing there to prove to voters in other states that they are a viable candidate.

A Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll released this week found that 18% of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa support former Vice President Joe Biden, 17% support Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and 13% support Buttigieg.

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