Amy Klobuchar Surges to Third in New Hampshire Poll Showing Bernie and Buttigieg Ahead

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar got a post-debate bump that put her right behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in New Hampshire.

The WBZ/Boston Globe/Suffolk University poll shows Klobuchar ahead of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden just a day before the New Hampshire votes are in.

The survey shows Sanders in first with 27%, followed by Buttigieg at 19%, Klobuchar at 14%, and Biden and Warren both at 12%.

“This is the first time all of the survey is post-debate,” Suffolk University’s David Paleologos told WBZ. “Whether Klobuchar’s spike is temporary remains to be seen. Sanders’ improvement comes in two areas: the West/North region – the four counties that know him best – and people torn between him and Warren. If Klobuchar were to finish third or fourth, she’s going to knock someone into that fifth spot, a real dire place to be for Biden or Warren.”

Another poll shows same trend:

A separate poll released by Emerson University shows very similar numbers.

The Emerson poll shows Sanders ahead with 30%, followed by Buttigieg at 23%, Klobuchar at 14%, Warren at 11%, and Biden at 10%.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang is at 4% in the poll, followed by former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at 2%, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet at 1%.

“While Sanders has a lead going into the election, Buttigieg has closed the gap and could still pull off a New Hampshire surprise, as he and Sanders are within the margin of error. Klobuchar continues to move up, but she still trails the top two candidates by a significant margin. Warren and Biden could still get as high as third but today’s data had them going in the wrong direction,” said Emerson polling director Spencer Kimball.

Struggling Biden goes on attack:

Biden, facing a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire after a fourth-place finish in Iowa, denied that he has seen “any diminution” in his support.

"Look we're just getting going,” Biden told CBS News. “You need to get 1900 delegates or more. This is just getting started.”

Biden launched his most aggressive campaign ad this week, sarcastically comparing his accomplishments to those of Buttigieg.

“I just want to make it clear that he's wrong about the recent past. Eight years of Obama-Biden was a good eight years,” he told CBS. “We got ourselves out of a ditch, out of a hole, moving forward. He talks about it like it's been a failure. I'm responding to his attacks on the failure of an administration which I think did a damn good job.”


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