Kamala Harris Plummets 12% in New CNN Poll Showing Joe Biden Surging

California Sen. Kamala Harris plummeted in the latest CNN poll, showing her falling from second place to a fourth-place tie.

The poll shows that former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have recovered from his first debate performance and leads the Democratic field with 29% of the vote. He was at 22% in June. Harris, who benefited in the polls after her confrontation with Biden at the first debate, fell from 17% in June to 5% in August.

The poll found Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 15% and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 14%, the same totals they saw in June. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg improved slightly from 4% to 5%.

Dems split on electability:

The poll found that 56% of voters under 45 said it is more important to nominate a candidate who shares your views while 66% of voters over 45 said it was more important to nominate a candidate who can defeat Trump.

Roughly 54% of voters say their top priority is a candidate who can beat Trump and 35% of those back Biden.

Julian Castro makes next debate:

The poll was also the fourth qualifying poll showing former HUD Secretary Julian Castro at 2%, meaning Castro has qualified for the September Democratic debate. Castro is the 10th candidate to qualify for the September debate.

Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer is one poll shy of making the debate stage and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard needs two more polls with her at 2% or higher.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and author Marianne Williamson have both hit the 130,000-donor threshold but both have yet to hit 2% in any qualifying poll.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has had one poll at 2% but still needs three more and has not yet hit the donor threshold.


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