South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg skyrocketed in a new Monmouth University poll that showed him take the lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
The poll showed Buttigieg leading the field with 22%, up 14 points since August. Buttigieg was trailed by Joe Biden at 19% (down 7), Elizabeth Warren at 18% (down 2), and Bernie Sanders at 13% (up 5). No other candidate got more than 5% of support in the poll.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is at 5% while California Sen. Kamala Harris, businessman Tom Steyer, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 3% apiece.
Iowa still wide open:
The poll found that only 28% of likely caucus-goers have definitely made up their mind, while 61% said they may still change their vote.
Buttigieg appears to be the most seen candidate in Iowa.
“Around a third of likely caucus-goers have seen a candidate so far this year, with 17% who have seen Buttigieg. Fifteen percent have seen Warren and 14% have seen Sanders. Around one-in-10 have seen Biden, Harris, Klobuchar, and Booker,” CNN reported.
Warren and Buttigieg in virtual tie:
The RealClearPolitics poll average now shows Warren and Buttigieg separated by 0.3% in their race for first in Iowa, with Biden at 17 and Sanders at 16.
Unfortunately for Buttigieg, Iowa is the only early state where he has strong support.
RCP’s average puts Buttigieg in fourth place in New Hampshire with 11 percent, fourth in Nevada with 4.8 percent, and behind even Tom Steyer in South Carolina at just 4 percent.
Buttigieg is fourth nationally at 8 percent.