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|Poll: Joe Biden leads Democratic contenders in North Carolina|
|Sanders, Warren trail in statewide survey|
|Published Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:45 pm|
|THE ASSOCIATED PRESS|
|Joe Biden leads the field of Democratic presidential contenders in North Carolina, according to a High Point University poll.|
Former Vice President Joe Biden would lead North Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary if it were held today, according to a High Point University Poll.
The survey finds 33% of self-identified Democrats would vote for Biden if they were voting in the Democratic primary, followed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who would have the support of 18%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 13%.
The HPU Poll tested a series of other relatively competitive candidates that had qualified for the October Democratic primary debate. All of those candidates showed single digit primary support of poll respondents. Beto O’Rourke dropped out of the presidential race on Nov. 1.
The HPU Poll also finds that interest in the Democratic primary field hasn’t changed since the September HPU Poll when 41% of self-identified Democrats said they have given a lot of thought to candidates who may be running for president in 2020. Sixty-three percent of self-identified Democrats surveyed said they have watched at least some of the Democratic presidential campaign debates.
“We are still early in the presidential campaign, and there are not many signs of movement among the Democratic primary frontrunners here in North Carolina,” said Martin Kifer, director of the HPU Poll and chair of HPU’s political science department. “We should expect increased engagement from North Carolinians in the elections, as well as some changes in relative support for candidates as the March 2020 primary approaches.”
Forty-one percent of respondents who self-identify as Democrats said they’ve given “a lot” of thought to the 2020 contenders, while 39% said they’ve given some though. Another 13% said they’ve given not much thought to the candidates while 5% said none at all.
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