Michael Bloomberg is closer to a coronation in his presidential bid. With hopes for establishment alternatives appearing to be fading, a new CNN poll shows Bloomberg just a single percentage point behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in New Hampshire. The former New York City mayor will get a big boost this week, when he’s set to participate in two debate in Los Angeles and Houston.
Warren’s 19-point lead in New Hampshire is just below what CNN polled in July, when 53 percent of likely Democratic primary voters were undecided, and likely sign of consolidation behind Warren following her sharp criticism of Sen. Kamala Harris’s decision to release a list of lawyers who signed a letter opposing federal regulation of the payday loan industry.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has dropped to third, with 20 percent of likely Democratic primary voters backing her, down from 23 percent who said they’d back her in July. That percentage is “actually slightly higher” than in a November CNN poll when she had 16 percent, according to CNN’s Kyle Dropp.
The online survey of 1,001 New Hampshire adults, a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, was conducted Feb. 15-17.
In an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, Bloomberg said he is pleased that more women than men had declared their candidacy, but argued it was not a voting issue, but rather an opportunity to increase voter turnout.
“So the more people participate, the less differences between what people think are great candidates, the more anointable they become,” Bloomberg said. “You saw that in 2008, that the more people participate, the less differences there are. When you have a choice, both sides will unite around one of them. That’s the only way you’re going to win.”
He added: “The goal isn’t the numbers — the goal is to make sure people are participating.”
The new CNN poll also asked the question more specifically. When those in the survey were asked which Democrats they are planning to support, Bloomberg stands at 11 percent, behind Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 13 percent, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, 6 percent. Warren draws 29 percent of those planning to support her.
The poll also finds significant under-performance among the two leading contenders for the African-American vote. Both Warren and Booker stand below the 10 percent mark among black voters.
A separate Marquette Law School poll last week found that Warren also trailed other 2020 contenders among women, outpacing only Harris.
The CNN poll reveals another sharp cut in Hillary Clinton’s support over the past 12 months. She now stands at 16 percent, compared to 21 percent from July 2018. She was supported by just under half of likely voters in August.
Also, it’s worth noting that, in the same poll, 24 percent of likely Democratic primary voters remained undecided.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now leading the pack in the 2020 Democratic primary, according to a new CNN poll in the state of New Hampshire. A new CNN poll also found that California Sen. Kamala Harris failed to make the cut in the state of New Hampshire for a debate in Los Angeles on Feb. 21. Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner for women's votes in the 2020 presidential race, according to a new poll.
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