Sen. Amy Klobuchar jumped from one percent to three percent between April and May in Monmouth University’s monthly polling, which her campaign called “huge news.”
“There’s huge news in a new Monmouth poll. As more people learn more about Amy, her bold plans for our country, and how she’ll address the problems Americans face, they’re putting their support behind her,” a recent fundraising email from Klobuchar’s campaign said.
“Polls go up and down, but this new Monmouth data confirms what we’re seeing on the ground: big crowds, great enthusiasm, and a surge of grassroots donations from Americans who want Amy to be our next president,” the email added.
The poll, conducted by Monmouth University’s Polling Institute between May 16 and May 20, had Klobuchar polling at three percent overall. The poll, however, did show significant gains for female candidates, who received a combined 27 percent of support among Democratic voters, up from the 16 percent they received in April.
“Women are commanding a larger slice of Democratic support than they were a few weeks ago and we are seeing bumps in their individual voter ratings,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “We can’t parse out the exact reasons from this one poll, but recent efforts by certain states to restrict access to abortion services may be playing a role in the closer look these candidates are getting right now.”
Among early-state Democratic voters (those who will vote in a primary or caucus by Super Tuesday), Klobuchar received support from five percent of respondents, putting her in front of Beto O’Rourke, but behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Senate colleagues Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren.
“Less than half of the Democratic voters in the poll live in one of the states that will cast ballots in the 2020 nomination process by Super Tuesday. Among these early state voters, Biden maintains his lead, but by a much slimmer margin,” Murray added. “We’d probably be seeing a different media narrative if we really focused on voters who will actually have an opportunity to shape the field.”
Overall, Biden led the poll at 33 percent, followed by Sanders at 15 percent, Harris at 11 percent, Warren at 10 percent, Pete Buttigieg at six percent, O’Rourke at four percent, and Klobuchar at three percent. All other candidates received either one percent or less.
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News, The Ohio Star, and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
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