Biden Leads Sanders in National Polling Heading into Six-State Vote Tuesday

by Ted O’Neil


Former Vice President Joe Biden has a six-point lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in national polling averages, according to, as six more states prepare to vote Tuesday.

The only other remaining candidate, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, is averaging 1 percent. Gabbard won her only two delegates so far on Super Tuesday by finishing second in American Samoa to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Gabbard’s campaign has not said much about why she is continuing her candidacy other than that she is committed to staying in the race through the July Democratic National Committee’s nominating convention in Milwaukee.

Bloomberg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have all dropped out in the past week. All but Warren have endorsed Biden.

Some in the media have speculated that Warren will endorse Sanders since they align on several policy issues, particularly Medicare for All. But Warren also stressed party unity during her campaign, and Biden is seen as a leader.

That was the key message from Bloomberg as he exited the race, saying: “I’ve always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind a candidate who has the best shot to do it. After yesterday’s vote it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden.”

There will be 352 delegates up for grabs Tuesday in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington state and North Dakota.

Biden currently leads Sanders in the delegate count, 643-566. It will require 1,991 delegates to win the nomination.

The biggest chunk of delegates Tuesday – 125 – are in Michigan. The average of polling results there show Biden at 38 percent and Sanders at 30 percent. The latest poll, released on Super Tuesday, showed Biden at 29 percent and Sanders at 23 percent, although it was conducted while the other candidates were still running.

Sanders has the average lead in Washington, where there are 89 delegates, at 31 percent compared to 26 percent for Biden. No new polling has been conducted there since late February.

An Emerson College poll in Missouri (68 delegates) released Thursday shows a much tighter race now that there are fewer candidates, with Biden at 48 percent and Sanders at 44 percent. Biden had a 20-point average lead over Sanders, 46 percent to 26 percent, with a fuller field.

There is little polling data available for Mississippi, which has 36 delegates, but pundits expect Biden to do well given his performance in other southern states so far. Sanders canceled a campaign event in Mississippi on Friday and instead went to Michigan.

Idaho, with 20 delegates, also has very little polling data, although predicts Biden will win 58 percent of the vote. predicts a close race in North Dakota, with Biden and Sanders splitting that state’s 14 delegates.

There will be 577 delegates available March 17 as voters in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio go to the polls two days after the DNC debate in Phoenix.

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Ted O’Neil is a contributor to The Center Square.








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3 Thoughts to “Biden Leads Sanders in National Polling Heading into Six-State Vote Tuesday”

  1. joeknows

    Any bets Sanders runs as an Independent if he doesn’t get the Democrat nomination. Sanders/Warren = Independent
    Biden/Klobuchar or Harris = Democrat

  2. Steve Allen

    This is going to be the most entertaining election in I can’t even remember how long. Biden is a bumbling senile swamp creature. My guess is he’s the fall guy, and the real intent of the Donks is to have a VP who they really intend on becoming President when something (intentional) happens to Quid Pro Joe. Comrade Sanders is a nonstarter as the majority of Americans see the true results of socialism. Unfortunately, the younger member of our nation don’t have enough history being on the earth to have witnessed the true effects of socialism. Instead they’ve been brain washed by academia. In either case, they are going to be buried in a landslide election that will give President Trump his second term. No matter how many, or how big the lies the MSM and the Left continue to broadcast about the current administration, America knows what’s best.

  3. 83ragtop50

    Now that the Democrat swamp people are cloistered behind “Obiden” Conrad Sanders is dead meat.