Warren Leading in Minnesota, Klobuchar Polling in Fourth in Home State


A new poll shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) leading the field in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Minnesota.

According to the recent Change Research poll, Warren attracted the support of 21 percent of respondents, while former Vice President Joe Biden came in second with 20 percent of the vote, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) placed third with 19 percent.

Sixteen percent of respondents said they would vote for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in Minnesota’s Democratic primary, putting her in fourth place in her home state. That puts her in front of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who polled at 11 percent and four percent, respectively.

Younger voters between 18 and 49 preferred Sanders over Warren, while voters between the ages of 50 and 64 preferred Biden as the nominee. Klobuchar polled stronger among older voters as well, receiving 19 percent of the vote among respondents aged 50 to 64.

Female voters selected Warren, Biden, and Klobuchar as their top candidates, while male voters preferred Sanders, Biden, and Buttigieg.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) polled at zero percent in Change Research’s poll, along with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

“Polling of registered voters rather than likely voters raises questions of accuracy in any poll, and the exact construction of the sample might raise even more questions about the poll’s credibility. Name recognition is driving the support for many of the candidates, or lack thereof. And Klobuchar should actually be concerned when she is polling so low in her own home state,” said Minnesota Sun Political Editor Steve Gill. “The upcoming debates may shuffle the order among the Democrats pretty dramatically and it is unlikely that most of them will even make it to the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary.”

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee announced the lineups for its first debate scheduled for June 26 and 27 in Miami. After a random drawing, Klobuchar was selected to appear on stage for the first night of debates alongside Warren, Gabbard, Ryan, John Delaney, Beto O’Rourke, Bill de Blasio, Julian Castro, Jay Inslee, and Cory Booker.

“It’s official! I’ll be debating on June 26 at 9 pm ET. There’s one thing I need you to do now: sign up to host a watch party,” Klobuchar said on Twitter.

Biden, Sanders, Harris, and Buttigieg were all selected to appear during the second night of debates.

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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].
Photo “Bernie Sanders” by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0.




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