Warren leads Biden in poll while Sanders falters

A new poll finds Elizabeth Warren leading Joe Biden in the Democratic primary fight, while Bernie Sanders’ support fell in the wake of a heart attack and absence from the campaign trail.

The Quinnipiac poll released Monday shows the Massachusetts senator earning 30% support among Democratic voters, while the former vice president has 27%. Sanders, a senator from Vermont, is at 11%.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg placed fourth at 8%, while California Sen. Kamala Harris garnered 4%. The rest of the field received 2% or lower support.

The poll was taken from Oct. 11-13 and questioned 1,195 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.5%. The poll was taken after Sanders, 78, was hospitalized in the wake of a heart attack. Sanders says he is feeling better and plans to participate in Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Ohio.

“For Senator Warren, the third straight time essentially tied at the top is the charm,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy in a statement. “Her candidacy clearly has staying power going into the debate.”

The last Quinnipiac poll, released Oct. 8, found Warren at 29% support, with Biden at 26%. Sanders had 16% of support. A September poll by the same firm found Warren’s support at 27% and Biden at 25%, with Sanders at 16%.

While Warren leads the pack, voters still found Biden the most electable candidate. 48% of voters surveyed said he had the best chance of defeating President Trump in 2020, while 21% said the same of Warren.

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