Elections

Emerson: Buttigieg Moves To Third In Iowa

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A new poll among Democratic Iowa voters shows former Vice President Joe Biden and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the race neck-and-neck.

Following behind Biden and Sanders, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is surging into third place.

The poll released Sunday was conducted by Emerson College and shows Biden narrowly leading the crowded field at 25 percent with Sanders right behind him at 24 percent. Buttigieg currently sits at 11 percent ahead of California Sen. Kamala Harris, who places fourth at 10 percent. (RELATED: Kamala Harris Claims To Have Listened To Snoop Dogg, Tupac While Smoking Pot)

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on "Raise the Wage Act" legislation on Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on “Raise the Wage Act” legislation … REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The poll surveyed 249 likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers and was conducted between March 21-24. The margin of error is 6.2 percent.

The poll is in stark contrast to one conducted by Emerson in January, which showed Buttigieg polling at 0 percent. But the rising progressive star, affectionately known as “Mayor Pete,” has gained traction in recent months, as the 2020 Democratic field begins to take shape. (RELATED: Biden, Abrams Respond To Claims They’ll Run A Joint 2020 Ticket)

A former Navy Intelligence officer, the 37-year-old Buttigieg speaks seven different languages and is also seeking to become the first openly gay president in American history. Last month, Buttigieg’s campaign announced that he had enough unique donors to qualify for the debate stage.

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