Pete Buttigieg is now polling ahead off all Democratic contenders as we enter the Holiday season and the final stretch for many of the other candidates in Iowa.
A Monmouth University poll published Tuesday shows that the South Bend, Ind., mayor is the first choice of 22 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers — outrunning all other rivals in Iowa for the party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump.
According to Politico: “Former Vice President Joe Biden ranks in second place with 19 percent support, followed closely by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 18 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with 13 percent. Although no other candidate cracked double-digit support, 5 percent of likely caucus-goers favored Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), while 3 percent preferred Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), billionaire activist Tom Steyer and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang. The remainder of the Democratic pack achieved 2 percent support or less.”
Buttigieg has seen improved performances in several recent Iowa surveys, climbing into the top-tier of White House contenders and jockeying among Biden, Sanders and Warren three months out from the first nominating contest.