Buttigieg and Klobuchar threaten to help Bernie Sanders by splitting center-left vote with Biden

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Jockeying for center-left Iowa Democrats could hand Bernie Sanders a delegate advantage in the first-in-the-nation voting state.

With two days until the Iowa caucuses, the Vermont senator, 78, has consolidated much of the liberal Democratic base, his late surge coming at the expense of Elizabeth Warren, according to some presidential primary polls.

But while Joe Biden retains his lead on fellow center-left candidates in the race, the former vice president’s inability to dispense with rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar could hand Sanders a mathematical advantage, at least during the first round of voting, as they all vie for the 2020 nomination.

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