Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only candidate leading President Trump in Ohio according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
Biden, whose presidential bid is centered on his supposed “electability” because of his ability to reach working-class white voters who tend to back Trump, leads the president 50-42 in the Buckeye State.
Despite Biden’s big lead, other top-tier candidates like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg are in a virtual tie with Trump, according to the survey.
Trump won Ohio and its 18 electoral votes with 51.3% of the vote in 2016. Hillary Clinton only got 43% of the vote even though former President Barack Obama carried the state in both of his election wins.
“Former Vice President Joseph Biden calls himself a blue-collar guy. With Ohio certainly a blue-collar state, it is no surprise he is the Democrat who runs best against President Donald Trump and is solidly ahead in the Democratic primary in the Buckeye State,” said Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown.
“Biden runs best against President Trump in every Quinnipiac University state poll so far,” Brown added. “To get reelected, Trump will need to win the industrial Midwest. Ohio certainly is key to that plan.”
Biden also leads Ohio primary race:
Biden also has a massive lead in the Ohio primary race, leading the pack with 31%.
Harris and Sanders are tied for second with 14% apiece, while Warren is at 13% and Buttigieg is at 6%. No other candidate is polling above 1% in the state, including Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.
“Rep. Tim Ryan is the only native Buckeye in the crowded Democratic pack, yet he is polling at just 1 percent. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg also is getting little help from his status as a neighbor,” Brown said. “The other three coastal candidates – Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris – are not getting any special love from the blue-collar base. And each of them trail Biden by a 2-1 margin.”
Biden leads in nearly every state primary:
Despite Biden’s fall after the first Democratic debate, Biden remains atop the polls in nearly every early state primary. According to a series of CBS News/YouGov polls released over the weekend, Biden leads Sanders by 5% in Iowa, by 7% in New Hampshire, and by a whopping 22% in New Hampshire. Biden is also in a virtual tie with Harris in California and leads former Rep. Beto O’Rourke by 10% in Texas.
The latest Politico/Morning Consult national poll shows Biden at 33% while Sanders is at 18%, Warren is at 14%, Harris is at 13%, and Buttigieg is at 5%.